The wisdom of respectfully learning to live well in a world worth living
"Yindyamarra Winhanganha" is a Wiradjuri phrase respectfully borrowed from the Wiradjuri Tribe in Australia and means respect for all that surrounds you; to slow down, be patient & gentle, to take responsibility, and live deliberately with deep intention. It is "the wisdom of respectfully learning to live well in a world worth living".
You may notice we have one less 'r' in our name; this again is out of respect for those qualities we honorably emulate. It's a deliberate degree of distinction on our part as a way to communicate our care, concern, and consideration, as well as an awareness of such a sacred and proud culture.
So what does the UP in UPschool stand for? Uniquely Personalized School. We are the first to offer this kind of learning opportunity to students in Colorado, if not the world. Individual differences are not just something we cater for, but we celebrate them. Our world is in need of innovators with truly original ideas to make it better for future generations. How do we expect to encourage this originality in an environment that expects conformity?
We aim to optimize the learning environment in conjunction with the learner and those around him/her to establish curiosity and an intrinsic desire to ask questions and seek multidimensional answers.
We consider the social and emotional needs of the learner as a priority alongside academic development, as one cannot realize their full academic potential without the ability to relate, communicate, and influence.
Yindyamara will not discriminate against families or employees on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, veteran's status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
How we aim to achieve it
"According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway. Because bees don't care what humans think is impossible." ... And neither do we!
Yindyamara relies on community input from the learner as well as expert and familial resources in a bid to create an alternative to the traditional education model currently offered in traditional schools. Through immersive practical experiences, belief in the learners capability, mutual respect, and individual learning plans we hope to break free of the limits placed on our learner's innate ability to learn.
For those familiar with alternative schools you will see tools employed at Yindyamara similar to Expeditionary, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emelia, Sudbury, Charlotte Mason, Forest Schools, and the University model; but we are a completely new alternative design with the common core in mind but developed in conjunction with the latest research in educational, learning, neurological, behavioral and developmental psychology.
We use real-life projects, real problems and true tools (human and material) to optimize learning opportunities. We craft experiences that encourage our students to become confident that goal achievement is never guaranteed one way or the other but it is possible through curiosity, partnership, the love of learning and the desire to make things happen.
Customized, inquiry based, instructor scaffolded (and guided where necessary), democratic, hands-on, creative, fluid, and practical with an emphasis on outdoor exploration, and freedom to be who they are. We adapt to our learners so that they may not only easily access their innate learning style but feel empowered and self-driven to do so.. It's learning with intention.