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What would it be like?


If you created a school for today's world it wouldn't look anything like what happens in most classrooms right now. Our children need to develop the mindset and skills to thrive in a fast-paced interconnected world. Being packed into crowded classrooms, studying for multiple choice tests, doing repetitive worksheets, and laboring through tedious homework in no way represents the real world. If this were a job you'd tell them to quit.

We started with a green field and created an environment where learners stay curious, challenge themselves, and make a difference in the world. People need an experience where passion, curiosity, real-world projects, and hard work replace test-taking, grades, and homework. They need to make hard decisions, fall down, get back up, and work on things that have purpose.

What a school built for thriving looks like:

  • Hands-on projects develop the tools and skills needed to solve problems in the real world.

  • Self-paced, personalized learning that uses the latest educational technology for mastery of reading, writing, and math skills.

  • Deep, Socratic-style discussions about heroes, history, and self-governance that hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully write, speak, and think.

  • A learner-created culture based on shared goals and promises. A community of individuals learning to form authentic friendships, resolve interpersonal problems and achieve big things.

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow"
— John Dewey

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A Truly Different Approach to School

Supported by the latest in technology and cognitive science, our approach moves beyond the traditional tools of lectures, homework, high-stakes tests, and grades. At Greenfields, Griffins learn in collaborative classrooms of multi-age learners, with the freedom to move around, make responsible choices, and follow their passions.


Our flexible approach challenges each student to develop their own individually-focused learning plan and inspires them through real-world projects and experiences.

Traditional School


  • Everyone is taught the same thing at the same time in the same way

  • Teachers are in control - they lecture students, assign homework and micromanage every day

  • Letter grades judge how well the learning happened

  • Rows of desks all facing the teacher

  • Time is spent developing skills only used in a classroom


Greenfields Academy​


  • Guides inspire learners to find their strengths and passions. They empower learners

  • Students take as much or as little time as needed to master skills

  • Comfortable environment that promotes collaboration

  • Real-world projects and apprenticeships build life long skills



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