Heartwood: An Agile Learning Center

… a school for self-directed learning

Agile tools to increase awareness and intentionality

Culture creation for a connected and engaged community

Heartwood ALC is a K-12 school for self-directed learning. Students at Agile Learning Centers individualize their learning within the context of a supportive community. We have adapted simple tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation to better support young people in pursuing their passions and curiosities so that they can succeed in an ever-changing world.

Our learning environment embraces choice & freedom, along with the development of meaningful connections between peers, facilitators and the community. The structure of the school allows for students, facilitators, and parents to have a voice and take an active role in building the community they want.

What It All Means

Self-Directed

Humans are natural learners. When children get to follow their passions, they engage deeply, learning more quickly and thoroughly – covering years of content in weeks at the time they choose to learn it.

Intentional Culture

At ALCs children feel they are heard, they belong, and they make a difference. As social creatures, we thrive in this kind of vibrant community which builds our confidence, heightens our communication skills, and calls forth our best selves.

Agile Management Tools

We use practical and concrete tools to make these lofty-sounding ideals real and reliable. These tools and practices provide visible feedback, effective self-management, clarity of purpose, and easy integration of new patterns as needs change.

Heartwood ALC, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national origin and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.