One Stone: a tuition-free high school run by students

One Stone high school run by students

One Stone high school believes that students must follow their passions and they should be empowered to make a real difference in the world.

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One stone is the name of a Boise, Idaho, independent high school where students call the shots. In its second year of operation, this innovative institute provides teens with hands-on experience and the possibility of accomplishing service projects throughout their learning path.

One Stones’ board of directors is led by one student, and by rule, all members making decisions must be students. Classes and projects are designed by coaches along with pupils. Classroom time is accompanied by outside school activities, such as internships in local business or undertaking self-designed service projects. Anyone can enroll in One Stone high school; the school doesn’t select applicants based on ethnicity or income, and it’s completely free.

One Stone high school student testimonials.

This school believes that students must follow their passions and they should be empowered to make a real difference in the world. But how does One Stone high school work?

One Stone Learning Model

  • One Stone practices a project-based framework that uses the design thinking process to develop solutions to specific problems. Students work collaboratively on real-life projects and develop skills through research, writing, and communication.

  • Students design and lead their learning experience while coaches provide theoretical support.

  • Students and advisors regularly discuss individual growth and goals.

  • The school provides students with outside internships and learning opportunities with hands-on experiences.

  • When students fail to meet expected standards, they get extra coaching to ensure that they master knowledge, concepts, and skills.

  • This high school includes collaboration and creative spaces, a music room, as well as various break out work areas.

The Boise community is taking these high school leaders seriously. Recently, RedBuilt, a local manufacturer of structural wood products, met with One Stone students to improve creative collaboration processes between designers and engineers. Teens conducted interviews, analyzed attitudes and provided solutions to promote empathy within the company.