The Gathering Learning Studio is uniquely different from most traditional education and homeschool co-ops in that it embraces a 21st-century learning model that better prepares students for their future - a world where jobs are not yet created - and innovation, creativity, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration are essential.
These 21st-century skills are intentionally embedded into The Gathering to prepare learners to launch into adulthood successfully.
For core academic skills, learners work on a personalized learning plan as determined by their parents and with the support of The Gathering Learning Studio team. This unique hybrid learning model gives homeschooled families the flexibility and personalization of where to learn, how they learn, and at a pace that best fits their needs. Time is no longer the fixed variable in the one-size-fits-all approach to education. Rather, learning is fixed, and time is the variable that remains flexible. With daily goals, perseverance, and "just right learning," learners thrive in their educational journey.
Learners engage in hands-on, engaging projects led by local community leaders and industry experts. There are no grades or tests with the projects. Rather, an end-of-the-project exhibition provides students with feedback from family, friends, community members, and industry experts. This hands-on, project-based learning approach helps learners see the relevancy of their learning, allowing the siloed academic subjects to be integrated into real-world learning.
We believe there are multiple ways to launch into adulthood. College is one path, but not the only way. The Gathering exposes learners to various career opportunities through apprenticeships, job shadows, and entrepreneurial experiences. These experiences help learners grow in their innate talents and passions while also clarifying future job and/or training opportunities.
The Gathering uses a learning coach to mentor and guide students. In this environment, a learning coach is not an expert per se but a learner, learning along with the students as they explore passions and learn industry skills.
Because learning is never age-specific and real-world work situations require learners to interact with multiple ages and generations, students work in multi-age learning groups to mimic real-world experiences while also learning the soft skills of leading, following, negotiating, decision-making, and collaboration.
Faith is openly discussed in all aspects of The Gathering Learning Studio. The Bible serves as the compass of Truth as students discuss morality, ethics, and culturally relevant topics of today.