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Idea Seed- Community Sourced Education

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What is Community-Sourced Education? 

Conceptual Idea- Trillium could be any name or company that believes in this idea.

Community-Sourced Education evolved from the practice of tapping into our greater educational community to find ideas, projects, and classes that students wanted to explore. Four times a year we invite our friends, families, neighbors, students, and staff to an evening where individuals are given an opportunity to pitch ideas for classes, clubs, and projects. This sharing of inspiration and passion is what creates Community-Sourced Education.

One of the Primary goals of any education should be to help children grow into independent, self-motivated adults, capable of taking the initiative in the management of their lives. The Trillium School accomplishes this goal by creating an environment where students practice independence and initiative every day.
The vital, and challenging, task of direction is left in the hands of students. Having learned how to manage their own time and direct their own activities, students leave Trillium with the ability to direct their own lives as competent, independent adults.
The Trillium School is located in Indianola, Wa., enrolls students ages 5 – 18, and accepts applications year round. We are the first Sudbury school in Kitsap county and are moving into our ninth year.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats

Educational Approach
The Trillium curriculum is self-directed, meaning that students have both the opportunity and the responsibility to shape their own education. This means that staff do not control the environment or dictate student activities. Instead, they are available as resources to students whenever they are needed.  In an environment where one’s actions are constantly directed, it is easy to become reliant on such direction. In contrast, Trillium students learn to resolve their own conflicts and problems without depending upon adults to “fix” things for them. Like all adults, students have the chance to learn through both success and failure. Through this process they learn the incredibly valuable skill of identifying and following their own interests and passions, and they are able to reach depths in these areas that might not be possible in more “structured” environments.
The vital, and challenging, task of direction is left in the hands of students. Having learned how to manage their own time and direct their own activities, students leave Trillium with the ability to direct their own lives as competent, independent adults.

Education in a Democratic School.

In a democratic school, students participate first hand in real decision making with real consequences. All members are welcome to participate in School Meeting, the democratic body that debates and votes on day-to-day operations of the school. In this environment, Trillium students gain the skills, confidence, and experience necessary to pursue any future they  choose. 
Although the school includes people of many ages, abilities, interests, and levels of experience, it is understood that these differences do not entitle anyone to act as an authority figure or dictate the actions of another. Only the School Meeting and its sub-committee, the Judicial Committee (on which all students and staff serve in turn) have the capacity to direct the actions of school members, and these bodies go to great lengths to make sure that their decisions are made with respect and compassion foremost in mind.

What is Community-Sourced Education?
Community-Sourced Education evolved from the practice of tapping into our greater educational community to find ideas, projects, and classes that students wanted to explore. Four times a year we invite our friends, families, neighbors, students, and staff to an evening where individuals are given an opportunity to pitch ideas for classes, clubs, and projects. This sharing of inspiration and passion is what creates Community-Sourced Education.

What does it look like?
The day after our community pitches their ideas, Trillium students are given the opportunity to vote on which projects, classes, and clubs they would be interested in. Two weeks following voting day students are given opportunity to sign up for any classes they feel drawn to. Classes run eight weeks long.
 
RECENT CLASSES
Below are some examples of classes that have been recently offered at Trillium School:

  • What Does the Clock Say?
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Reading and Writing
  • Large Scale Junk Art
  • Game Design
  • Biology
  • Screen Printing
  • Beginning Robotics
  • Conversational French
  • Tutu Making & Rainbow Loom
  • Jazz Dance
  • Dueling
  • Knitting
  • Cookie, Tart, and Cake Baking
  • Public Speaking
  • Nail Design
  • Happy Class
  • Rainbow Loom

Admissions Process
Our admissions process is designed to ensure prospective students, their families, and the school have ample opportunity to get to know each other. Our goal is to have a good fit between the school and prospective students. The Trillium educational philosophy often takes some time and discussion to understand; we are committed to this process as a way to provide a clear picture of we are offering.
Below is a step-by-step process for enrolling your child in The Trillium School. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

Schedule a Tour

Tours are an hour-long period during school hours where you and your child will be guided by one of our staff to tour the school, talk about Trillium life, educational approach, and philosophy. It is a time when you can first catch a glimpse of the magic that occurs daily here at The Trillium School. 

Schedule an Admissions Conference
Complete a Trillium School Application and include your $40 application fee. Upon receipt we will contact you to schedule an admissions conference.
At your admissions conference we will explore the concepts and expectations of The Trillium School. We will have ample time for all questions and concerns that you may have.
Request an info packet and application.
Set Up a Visiting Week
Prior to enrollment, each interested student is required to participate in a visiting week. The cost of a visiting week is prorated from regular tuition for the week and may be credited towards tuition should you decide to enroll. The visiting week can be scheduled at your admissions conference.

Enroll Your Child
After our admissions conference and your visiting week, if we and your family decide that The Trillium School is a good fit, our registrar will work with you to fill out all necessary paperwork.
The first two weeks of enrollment are an “open window” period. During this time, if you or the school find that the school is unlikely to meet your needs and expectations, then you may withdraw and receive a full refund of tuition, minus a pro-rated fee per week of attendance.

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