OUR MISSION AND VISION
Our mission is to create schools wherein students from every background will not only acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed academically and professionally, but are equally inspired to develop and refine their individual passions and talents through joyful self-discovery and empathetic service to others. Our every effort and deepest hope is to support our students in leading lives filled with imagination, service, meaning and purpose, ennobled by their dedication to inclusive social justice, shared resource sustainability and enlightened world progress for all human beings. -- Darryl Sollerh
SMALL LEARNING SETTINGS
With an average 10 students per class, TREE provides each student with five, two-on-one weekly classes in each of the five academic "solids," ensuring that each of our 6th - 12th grade students are able to participate, contribute and discover their passions.
Because we provide a two-on-one class for every student each week in all core subjects, our faculty are better able to address individual student needs, areas of special interests or challenges. Each student is also scheduled for 4 to 5 weekly class blocks in our Learning Lab (imagine a Library setting with teachers available to answer questions) to further support student independent work. We further offer a wide array of Elective classes, providing students with a rich selection of opportunities to explore their personal interests and passions, as well as to discover new ones. Each student selects their own yearly Passion Project, an opportunity to take a deep dive into researching something that they have a particular interest, curiosity or passion for.
COLLEGE & LIFE READY
TREE Academy is Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), meets all UC A-G Requirements and is Approved by the NCAA. TREE prepares students for their lives ahead with classes in Life Skills (social/emotional learning) and Meditation practice. Our aim is to provide our students with not only a better sense of who they are as multilayered and unique individuals, but also a help them to better understand their commonalities and connections to others, helping them to navigate their lives in the world through understanding, empathy and an inner confidence born out of self-awareness and acceptance.
We value our students and their prospects for long, healthy, and happy lives. Our program will incorporate sustainable foods and nutrition as well as a cooking program that will be supported by a thriving, on-campus garden, as well the development of a community educational outreach program in resource sustainability and healthy living.
A New TREE Grows into a Forest
TREE Academy was conceived to be a replicable model for educational reform for Los Angeles and beyond. Our intention is to establish more and more TREEs to make our innovative approach available to a rainbow of students and families. With campuses of no more than 200 students, as well as our full pay/financial grant model, we will not only increase and expand opportunity wherever we take root, but provide every student who attends a TREE Academy a joyful path to discover who they are, what their passion(s) may be, and how they can be of service to others in our world.
The Human Development Team at TREE includes a campus counselor and three Mentors, all dedicated to assisting, supporting and guiding students during their Middle and High School years at TREE. They teach our Life Skills classes, and employ Restorative Justice Techniques in our efforts to address any conflicts that may arise, or address any behavioral challenges that may occur. Our aim is to provide our students with not only a better sense of who they are as multilayered and unique individuals, but also a help them to better understand their commonalities and connections to others, helping them to navigate their lives in the world through understanding, empathy and inner confidence.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
At TREE, we celebrate, support and are dedicated to creating a diverse campus where all human beings are equally welcome. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and school. We are fundamentally committed to social justice in employment and educational opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity.
Rosanna Llorens, a seasoned college counselor with extensive experience, will provide expert guidance to all our incoming seniors and their families. By meeting with both students and families, she will not only help them understand the application process, but also which colleges may be a best fit for each student. She will additionally provide step by step guidance on how to best apply for student loans for families seeking financial support. She and her partner, Abby Chew, will work closely with students to compose their College App Essays or Personal Statements prior to the application season.
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