One of the most integral and significant parts of the UACHS experience is the Town Meeting which will occur once a week. In this meeting, students and teachers meet as equals to engage in dialogue and make decisions concerning the policies, procedures, and maintenance of UACHS. The Town Meeting will be conducted by a rotating group of students who will use a student-designed methodology, which continues to evolve, to present the agenda, moderate discussion, maintain a book of minutes, and call for votes. Engaging in this parliamentary procedure enables students to better understand the challenges and rewards of maintaining a democracy. On weeks when we do not have Town Meeting, students may opt to meet in smaller advisory committees to discuss school issues as well as individual concerns. This more intimate group provides each student a guaranteed opportunity to voice new ideas and concerns for discussion.
UACHS offers courses in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, which emphasize inquiry-based, real-world explorations and interdisciplinary connections, as well as student governance. Over the course of the year, students will examine essential questions through the perspective of each of the core subjects. During this integrated study, students will learn how to synthesize their learning in order to achieve a deeper understanding of the world.
All elective courses, global language classes, sports teams, and special interest groups will be available in the main building.
Two real world experiences await students enrolled in UACHS:
Each academic year, UACHS students will identify, design, and then implement a variety of service learning efforts connected to an academic, interdisciplinary inquiry. These academic related projects will encompass real-world applications allowing students to continue learning about a variety of issues beyond the four walls of the classroom.