“We’ve noticed her grow in her confidence… He’s become more resilient… He’s grown in his character… she is more courageous… he talks about integrity at home… he responds to challenges… his drive has improved… she holds herself more accountable… he’s becoming more independent and taking charge of his learning… he helps out around the house so much more… he can sit down and knock out his work when he needs to…”
– THA Parents during End of the Year Portfolio Conferences
On August 21st, 2017, our Warriors entered THA and set off on a new journey, a new adventure. They left the status quo, their ordinary world, crossed the threshold, and entered into a unique, and revolutionary learning environment that is The Humanist Academy.
Along the way, they would meet fellow travelers, and build amazing friendships. They would meet mentors and experts to guide them on their journeys.
By leaving the ordinary world, they dared to accept the challenge of creating their own learning environment, a sacred studio where they would take charge of their education.
In the 306 days to follow, there were several examples of how they embraced this challenge:
From getting their products sold out at the business fair (i.e. having a Warrior’s dad go out in the middle of the fair to buy more bread or having customers place backorders for their products!), to creating and designing their own incredible backdrops in a chaotic frenzy a weekend before the play. From creating a music video, designing engines, planning camping trips, uniting to overthrow King George, and writing, producing, directing, and acting in their very own play, to just the simple, yet extraordinary, day-to-day interactions like a thought-provoking comment during a launch, or a Warrior holding another Warrior accountable to clean up after himself in the lunchroom, demonstrating the courage it takes to uphold their own high standards — through this unique journey, without adults to answer their questions and solve their problems, they proved to the world that they are far more capable than we can ever imagine.
Yet, the journey was far from easy. They went through several trials and failures, and faced extremely difficult situations. In the studio, our Warriors receive life lessons and fight tough battles every single day. But they are resilient. The may struggle, cry, and fall, only to get right back up. They may go down, but never out. And it is in these struggles, these times of crisis, that they’ve found amazing treasures: perseverance, integrity, friendship, sincerity, courage, diligence, grit, gratitude…
Being a Humanist in the truest sense is being committed to such Human Values which we see being emphasized in the studio every day.
Embracing challenges, pushing yourself, entering the challenge zone, stretching those smaller “rubber bands” or new neural-pathways, and having a growth mindset are not merely topics of discussion, they have become a part of the studio culture.
We had a blast during the last few days of school as Warriors wrapped things up: portfolios, Celebration of Heroes, Field Day, studio maintenance deep clean, etc.
Can’t wait to do it all again next year!
Some fun memories:
- Beginning of the year Lip Dub
- King George Overthrown!
- Coming Soon: Who Made Our World Our World (a THA Original Production) and End of the Year Video from Celebration of Heroes Banquet