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The story of Sora Schools is one of overcoming assumptions and mistakes and growing from them. We’ve given our students real power to work with us to craft the school of the future. They, just as much as us, run our school.

To develop our education model, we had to string together ideas and components from many different industries and disciplines. …


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This past week at Sora Schools, students completed their very first project: the Orientation Project.

Our program is an inquiry-based learning environment. Students choose what they want to learn, and our educators focus on scaffolding projects around those interests and guiding them towards completion and mastery. Every project is first outlined with a guiding question/challenge statement, timeline, deliverables, learning process, and content.

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A snapshot of a group project template

In Orientation, to help students understand how project-based learning works in our program, they are tasked with a simple group project with a pre-selected guiding question.

The first group project prompt for our inaugural cohort of students:

50,000 people in the US become blind every year. Half of all blindness is avoidable. Assume you are a non-profit that has just been given a $5,000,000 grant from the government. How would you best deploy this capital to make the most sustainable, effective impact on this problem? …


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Most people can remember cramming everything they had to learn in a class the night before a test. It’s a common phenomenon in traditional schools: listen passively in class, skim the textbook, try to memorize all of the necessary material hours before an exam, take the exam, and then promptly dump everything from memory. It’s why people largely forget most of what they learned in school — never mind that most of the information isn’t applied, but people simply physically can’t remember.

That’s because what we learn shouldn’t be consumed in one content binge session. That much is obvious, but the reason for this is because people naturally are able to better remember ideas and information if they’ve learned and processed the content over multiple instances. …

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Sora Schools

Sora is an online, project-based high school where students explore their interests and gain valuable exposure to future careers and fields. www.soraschools.com

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