Education is bigger than a classroom

TRAVERSE redefines school, helping students discover that they are more than just “what college they go to” or “what they will do” when they graduate. It is who they will be along the way that is most important.

At a glance

Open to: Students going into 6th-12th grade

Locations: Anywhere in the United States with local hubs in, Oakland CA, (Golden Gate Academy Campus) and Chicago, IL. (Operating out of the MHub)

Model: Guided virtual at home with powerful in-person experiences

Academics: Project-based, interest-driven, standards-based, and SDA Biblical Worldview
Real-world learning: Prepare for life, broaden perspectives, become an expert, and for high school professional certifications
Socialization: in-person (at local hubs), service learning, and internships

Teacher: Facilitated by a Learning Mentor who guides, supports, and encourages 

Calendar: Three ten-week learning cycles, winter service learning (1 week), and summer learning experiences (1 week)

Parents: Provide space, supervise at home, communicate with team

Philosophy: 21st-century education, Seventh-day Adventist worldview, and self-directed learning.

An engaging structured learning journey

Instead of attending traditional classes, each TRAVERSE student “makes a study of” or “moves through” three types of journeys.

Knowledge (What You Know)- Academic content (Science, Math, Literature, History, Critical Thinking, Technology, Art, and Language.

Competency (What You Do)- Life Skill competencies (Self-awareness, Self-management, Social-awareness, Relationships, Responsible decision-making, learning to learn, communicating effectively, collaboration, creative problem-solving, managing failure, effecting change in society, making sound decisions, managing projects and achieving goals, building perseverance determination, and leveraging passions and talents.Character (Who You Are)- Character development (Spiritually, Intellectually, Physically, Environmentally, Financially, Occupationally, Socially, and Emotionally.

Experienced, professional mentors that use their expertise to prepare and support

Instead of learning from traditional teachers, students in TRAVERSE are led by a “Learning mentor.” TRAVERSE mentors are professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds who have been public and private school teachers, counselors, CEO’s, COO’s, VP’s, Doctors, nurses, youth mentors, and more. 

You cannot teach what you do not know. Mentors don’t give lectures, grade tests, or develop curriculum, they spend their time to developing a personal relationship with every learner. Students do not learn from teachers they do not like. TRAVERSE mentors help students set goals, track their progress, and provide lots of one-on-one help and feedback.

A day in the life with TRAVERSE

Every child and family is different and has unique routines, schedules, and priorities. Our daily schedule allows ample opportunities for learners to interact with and socialize with their peers while maintaining flexibility and the ability to customize their day to best fit their interests, needs, and learning style.

(all times are pacific-standard times)

  • 8:30 am Fresh Start
    • Students start each day with worship, the idea of the day, to check-in, connect, and build relationships within their digital community.
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Knowledge Journey Math & Science
    • Math & Science Collaborative Virtual work. Every day this time is set aside for students to peer teach ask questions of each other and work on understanding math and science content
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am Accountability Check
    • Students meet with their peer accountability partners to discuss and or work together on any other Academic assignments. The time is designed to encourage and reinforce learning.
  • 10:30 am – 2:30 pm Independent Work
    • Learners use this time to work on individual research and Competency Journeys or on deliberate practice for their Mastery Expedition.
  • 2:30 pm Daily Sign Out
    • Students with their accountability group and mentor to report and show evidence of what they did for the day and if they met their daily goal.

FRIDAY – Friday is a flex day for students to experience the world through their academic, social, spiritual, or personal passions and be intentional about seeing the world through a learner’s lens.

A year-round experience with the benefits of summer break

During September through June, TRAVERSE students experience three learning cycles, with breaks to recharge in between. We don’t believe that learning should stop in the summer, but we also know that summer is often the best time for families to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunities. So our guided summer learning experience is designed to be one week and its focus is designed by the students themselves during the year.