A DAY IN THE LIFE
A day at Phoenix Modern can be flexible based on student needs; however, the following represents a typical day in the life of a student and guide at Phoenix Modern.
Free Time and Arrival
Students arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 am. As they enter the learning studio, they have freedom to engage with their peers and utilize the resources in the studio. Some students may decide to work on their core skill goals, make updates to a project or simply engage in a game of chess with a friend. Guides greet students as they arrive and monitor the studios.
At 8:30 students gather together in their studio for a morning community discussion. During this time, guides lead students in a discussion that sets the tone for the day. The intention of the discussion is to inspire students, equip them with a new processor tool, or to further connect as a community of learners.
From 9:00 to 11:30 students work on self-paced core skills for math, reading, and writing. Each subject is broken down into “levels,” which learners engage with an intentionally curated compilation of hands-on materials, printed curriculum, and online instructional resources (Elementary and Middle School studios).
Lunch and Free Time
For a minimum of 45 minutes each day (11:30 – 12:15), students have time for lunch and play.
Exploration and Enrichment
(12:15 – 1:15) Students engage in special enrichment opportunities such as health and wellness, robotics, coding, music, art, theater, or foreign language. These opportunities are designed and guided by specialized experts or partner organizations. Older students may also petition to lead their peers in a self-organized project or course of study that would be approved by a guide.
At 1:15, students gather together again in a community circle for a launch into the afternoon. This time is once again used to inspire, equip, or connect learners. A guide will also use this time to introduce or advance a project or writer’s workshop Challenge. In the Primary Studio, afternoon launch will include calm, quiet time, so that children can relax and recenter before the rest of the afternoon.
(1:30– 3:00) Afternoons are very flexible, but typically, they will be a time for our quests. Quests are interdisciplinary projects that are comprised of investigations and challenges that build off of students’ interests and curiosities. During the afternoon, students will also engage in Socratic discussions or Writer’s Workshops, both of which will integrate the quest’s topics and themes.
Near the end of each day (3:00) students work collaboratively to clean the studio and prepare it for the next day.
Learners finish their day with a community circle to reflect on their day and to celebrate and encourage one another.
After closing circle, learners may continue to work on projects in the studio until 4:00 or go home for the day and pursue a wide variety of self-directed learning opportunities with friends and family.
At the end of every session (5-7 weeks), students will present what they’ve learned and created to their parents and other community members in a student-led exhibition.