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Bella Bella Community School is a K-12 school on Campbell Island, British Columbia, Canada. Students at Bella Bella are encouraged to engage with the ocean and their native Heiltsuk ancestry through innovative class projects and extracurricular activities. Here, students learn about life cycles, seasons, and sea stars on a spring field trip to Campbell Island's coastal tide pools.

Photograph courtesy Bella Bella Community School

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Cooking Up an Education
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Cooking Up an Education

The Freehold Regional High School District's Culinary Arts Academy gives students real-world skills in the restaurant industry along with a well-rounded education.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: culinary arts, food, freehold high school, hospitality industry, innovation
Different Drummers
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Different Drummers

Friday enrichment programs make this North Carolina middle school stand out.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: community, d.c. virgo preparatory academy, education, wilmington
First Public School in America
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First Public School in America

On April 23, 1635, the first public school in what would become the United States was established in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: boston, education, schools
Web Work
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Web Work

How a 7th grade class learns about writing and research by editing Wikipedia entries. 

  • Best for: Grades 8-11 (ages 13-17)
  • Concepts: computer science, gabriel thullen, internet, research, wikipedia
Appalachian Education
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Appalachian Education

Since 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School has helped educate students of all ages. 

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: appalachia, culture, education, folk art, folk schools, north carolina
Stand-Up Projects
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Stand-Up Projects

Coastal Canadian school draws on First Nations heritage for innovative woodworking projects and community involvement.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: bella bella community school, bentwood, british columbia, first nations, heiltsuk, paddleboards, woodworking
Individual Education
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Individual Education

The innovative MUSE School focuses on student-centered learning.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: individuality, individualized learning plans, muse school, reggio emilia approach, sustainability
Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert
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Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert

A school in Tucson, Arizona, uses gardens and native plant biomes in project-based learning, celebrating local heritage and providing therapy to students.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, arizona, composting, deserts, food, gardening, manzo elementary school, native americans
Prairie, Woods, Outdoor Education
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Prairie, Woods, Outdoor Education

A look at the programs and renewable energy practices of Minnesota’s Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: environment, outdoor education, prairie woods environmental learning center, renewable energy
Green Scene
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Green Scene

Newark, New Jersey's St. Philip's Academy teaches students about the environment and nutrition through a rooftop garden and a state-of-the-art urban agricultural tool.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, food, gardens, new jersey, st. philip’s academy, urban areas
Harbor High
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Harbor High

In addition to a traditional curriculum, "Harbor High" offers students hands-on maritime experience.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: harbors, new york, new york city, urban assembly new york harbor school