Anthony Acres Charter School seeks “To use the unique resources of the Mondovi region to equip students with the academic and practical skills to contribute to the future of the area through individualized and cooperative learning, engagement with the natural environment, and building community connections.”
WHAT IS ANTHONY ACRES?
If you dream of a different kind of school for yourself or your children, but also firmly believe in the promise of public education, AACS might be right for you. Anthony Acres Charter School, or AACS, will be a new choice for secondary students in the Mondovi region. Located on the 37 wooded acres of Anthony School (12115 WI-37), AACS will give 80-100 students in grades 6-12 a unique educational experience: a place- and project-based school driven by education outdoors. But what do those things mean? There’s a lot to describe, but briefly:
Place-based schooling uses the natural, community, and economic resources of the area to tailor content to what students interact with most. AACS student will be connected with the area and its people. As students reach higher grades, they will work to bring their learning to the community, developing partnerships with area businesses, community groups, and individuals. We envision a school that prepares students for any post-secondary option they choose, but with relationships and skills to be able to return home able to help the region thrive for years into the future.
Project-based learning (PBL) helps students learn authentically by having them engage in extended learning on concrete tasks. Think students learning chemistry, biology, and entrepreneurship by running and organic farm; taking their love of art and music to partner with local senior living programs for therapeutic use; building math and practical engineering skills by working on improving bridges over nearby streams. It’s all the content your remember from school, combined into learning that makes the subject matter real, personal, and valuable. Head over to the Buck Institute, a leader in PBL, for more information.
Education Outdoors is Anthony’s biggest innovation. When we think of being outside, we don’t just think of science and environmental education. At AACS, we believe that all people need to connect with nature. Education outdoors means all subjects will be infused with time outside. Remember how excited you were when your teacher took the class outside for that one period? At AACS, we recognize the research that shows that students learn better when they get to do it outside. And we don’t see the walls of the classroom as the end of learning, but the beginning. AACS students will be seen outside much of the day, every day.
AACS will immerse students in authentic learning focused on a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum. While all graduation requirements for Wisconsin schools will be met, work will be processed through the STEAM lens. AACS students will be focused on looking forward to meet the challenges of our times.
But for all this grand language, AACS will be, more simply, a place that encompasses the best in public schooling. A small community of learners, engaging in meaningful learning with a dedicated group of teachers who want to see students do their best. And all of this in a free public school where any student is welcomed and wanted, under the umbrella of the Mondovi School District.