Project- or theme-based education is an approach to learning which focuses on motivating and challenging students to connect learning with personal experiences and interests. When academics are relevant to student’s lives, they learn more effectively, retain more information, and more readily apply learning to a variety of other situations. Teaching in this model uses “hands-on” innovative teaching methods, sometimes referred to as “contextual learning.” Teachers help students see the purpose for studying each subject, capitalizing on students natural learning inclinations and problem-solving approaches. These skills are used well beyond the classroom and throughout each student's life.
Project-based education allows students to learn in a concrete, participatory way through demonstration, modeling, and practice. They develop abstract concepts from practical, applied contexts that are relevant and intrinsically motivating for them. In turn, students learn how to become life long learners by focusing on understanding and alternative solutions rather than rote memory and “getting the right answers.”
Future Builders School also supports students though job development and placement, job coaching, and group and individual counseling. A small student-to-staff ratio of 5:1 or less allows us to develop authentic, meaningful relationships with our students and, together, engage in student-centered curriculum.
Ultimately, we hope that students can transition to one or more of the following options:
• Return to their sending school
• Graduate with high school diploma
• Earn a GED
• Enter a post-secondary education program
• Enter an apprenticeship program
• Obtain permanent employment.
Our personnel are well qualified to teach their respective themes and classes and are certified by the Maine Department of Education.
• Curriculums are aligned with the Common Core standards and Maine Learning Results.
• Courses meet the graduation requirements of all sending school districts.
• 3:1 student to teacher class sizes.
• Technology integration.
• Project-based, hands-on learning.
Authentic learning experiences to help transition from school life to the world of work and independent living.
• Academic support offered for remedial work or independent instruction.