The practical, real-world learning that takes place at Rooted was designed for a world where college is not the assumed path for every student – but where thriving in the community of their choice is the end game. Whether at home or abroad. And for a lifetime.
We do this by training students to meet the rigorous demands of their college of choice, while also partnering with companies to expose students to life as a productive professional. Bridges begin to build: between algebra and developing iPhone apps, language arts and sending email marketing campaigns, history and designing a community outreach program.
Being thoughtful about the way technology has changed every aspect of our society enables Rooted to take a fresh look at traditional subjects, ensuring students aren’t just book smart, but also tech savvy. Our classes spend an average of 5 hours each day typing and using web apps, and an average of 450 hours each semester learning how those apps are built and designed behind the scenes. Enabling local industry to help shape curriculum unlocks unprecedented opportunities for students to develop a true context for why getting good grades matter, while instilling a sense of purpose in students that their community is stronger when they are involved.
THE 4 PILLARS OF ACADEMICS AT ROOTED
For half the school day, students rotate through their general education classes online using a comprehensive digital curriculum, called Edgenuity, at their own pace while teachers provide push-in and pull-out supports.
The other half of the school day, students engage in industry-focused project-based learning experiences designed by Rooted’s teachers and industry partners. Students solve community problems through their projects and, in the process, can graduate with an advanced industry credential in the technological sectors en route to entry-level employment with one of Rooted’s industry partners.
By junior year, a Rooted student will spend up to half of the school day interning with a partner or completing college/technical school courses. This will position any student for acceptance to a post-secondary program and/or job offer for entry-level employment with one of our partners.
To deliver on our promise of financial freedom through college and career, we provide a range of social and emotional supports that aim to help our students develop authentic selves. These include but aren’t limited to: personalized college and career counseling, professional skills training, and 1:1 adult mentorship.