These are the most frequently asked questions about Tremont School and our community.
Is there one type of Tremont School student?
No. Tremont School is “Designed to be Different,” offering an innovative, personalized Living Curriculum. Built around the entrepreneurial practices of Collaborative Problem Solving, Tremont School provides academically talented students with an exceptional opportunity to achieve in a setting designed for the learners of today. Tremont School’s approach is both flexible and motivating, creating dynamic, self-directed learners working with inspiring and supportive teachers and staff.
Is there another school model like Tremont School?
We believe that Tremont School’s model is unique. Drawing on evidence-based educational research, contemporary understandings of neuroscience, and time-tested principles of community-building, the Tremont School learning community is one that supports personalized learning and deep connections with peers and adults alike. We are often asked if we share philosophies with Montessori, Waldorf, and other progressive and alternative school models. While there is some overlap, Tremont School is designed very carefully to be its own integrated, multi-disciplinary model that incorporates academic, social and emotional learning, arts, technology, health, and connection to the outdoors and community. These are all crucial dimensions to success and happiness for any developing young person.
Is Tremont School a structured environment?
Tremont School offers an intentionally designed environment and curriculum that incorporates routines, expectations, and personally rigorous academic goals. These are structured to offer choice to students in areas that are age-appropriate and personally motivating. Our individualized approach allows this to occur during times of day that in traditional settings may be considered separately ‘academic’ or ‘social’. Thus the contract system during academic time allows for student choice (with teacher consultation) in how and when work is accomplished, as well as choice in what the process and final product may look like. We also offer choice in settings for lunch, breaks, recess, and student activities. Regularly exercising these planning and decision-making ‘muscles’ is excellent preparation for the world beyond Tremont.
Is Tremont School a college preparatory program?
Yes, Tremont School is a college preparatory program. College counselors and higher education experts have been resources for our High School program design. Graduates receive a high school diploma. Some students will attend college immediately after graduating from Tremont School. Others may take a gap year. 2018 marks our first graduating class, all of whom are attending College post graduation and have been highly received in the application and acceptance process. They have been accepted to an excellent range of Colleges and Universities. To date, those include:
- Mass College of Art
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- Tufts University
- UMass Lowell
- Wentworth Institute of Technology
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Is Tremont School accredited?
Tremont School is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Tremont School is also a Making Caring Common school. #CommonGood
How does the Tremont School meet the needs of a diverse population?
We are not a Massachusetts Chapter 766 school, nor do we intend to be in the future. Some students who currently receive services or accommodations in their public school to enable them to participate in the general classroom will find many of those accommodations naturally embedded in our project-based, experiential curriculum and our small classrooms with low student to faculty ratios. Some students may require more support than Tremont School can provide.
Do you offer transportation?
We do not offer transportation at this time. However, our parent’s organization, TPAC, facilitates family connections for carpools and other transportation solutions.
Do you offer after school activities?
Our fee-based Extended Day program runs until 6:00 p.m. Students may stay just for Extended Day, working on homework/projects and socializing, or may participate in weekly activities or clubs for which they have registered each trimester. These specialized activities based on student interests are offered for one hour of the Extended Day afternoon. Activities have included Outdoor Survival, Publishing, Theater, Role Playing, Rock Band, Basketball, French Culture, Art Studio, and Skiing.
Do students have homework?
Tremont School has a real-world, ‘flipped homework’ approach. All work for the week is included on the weekly contract. There is no separate set of assignments to be done as homework. Students who are on track to complete their contract work during the school day over the course of the week may not have to take work home. The goal of completing the week’s work by Friday is very motivating for some students! Others may take an approach to work completion that includes bringing some work home to finish outside of school. High School students have a heavier work load and thus need to plan what to bring home during the week or over a weekend. As students progress through the High School, these homework demands will increase.
Students who are deeply involved in a project may choose to work on it outside of school. Usually this is driven by their own interest and motivation. However, it is not uncommon for the ‘reality’ of a unit-end or course-end deadline to drive students to bring work home as they wrap up their projects!
What options do you have for student athletes?
Tremont School’s extra-curricular offerings grow as the school grows. To date we have offered sports-related activities during Extended Day based on student interests. These are instructional, fun, and focused on fitness and creating an inclusive environment. During the winter season, students have the option to sign up for the Tremont School Ski Club that meets Wednesday afternoons and travels to Washusett Mountain. In the spring, students have the option to sign up for Rock Climbing at Central Rock Gym in Watertown. However, most Tremont School students who are looking for a more competitive athletic outlet participate in their town sports or club sports at this time. As with all of our developing programs, we are open to suggestions for collaborating with other organizations to create opportunities for our students.