- What does Orsch offer?Orsch offers best of breed educational techniques – multiple solutions for all educational challenges, because kids don’t all learn the same way. Orsch offers a secure and stable environment as its foundation – layering creativity, independence, and flexibility on top. The top objective is student engagement – truly engaged students are successful self-motivated little people.
- Should I use CAPS LOCK when typing ORSCH?No, you should not. We do not know why this is proliferating 🙂
- Who may enroll in Orsch?Students K-12 are welcome to apply.
- Is Orsch a Charter School?No. Charter schools in Colorado are public alternatives that operate under some level of supervision by the local school board. Charter school students must take the CSAP and are subject to “No Child Left Behind”. They are good alternatives in some situations, but they can lack the freedom a private organization enjoys.
- Why isn’t Orsch a non-profit organization?Not for profit schools require a board of directors that control every aspect of the school. While this would have inherent advantages, it is not without its drawbacks. In our case, the philosophical direction and educational paradigm have been developed over many years by a single individual. This vision is dynamic and flexible. The constraints that can develop by board direction are potentially detrimental to the program. This does not preclude the input of many trusted advisors, as is the case. It does, however, allow the philosophy to move forward unfettered.
- If my child attends Orsch for a portion of his education, how will he reintegrate into traditional education?Several of our children have reintegrated into the public school system. It is clear each have gained confidence, thinking skills and a creative approach to problem solving. On all accounts the case studies are positive.
- Are there similar operations out there?We have yet to find a similar school. Multiage is common, but combining students of such a broad age range in one room is – well, we can’t say a ‘new’ idea, but hasn’t been done in a very long time. Programming and teaching methods used in Orsch, such as differentiating education, experiential learning, project based learning, cooperative learning and student driven curriculum are widely used, based on extensive research and are cutting edge. However, the habits of traditional classrooms limit the effective use of such strategies.
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My entire intention in wanting to get together with you was to simply gush about Orsch! I can’t say enough about how profound it has been for me to witness the magic. Rory has grown immensely and he has found a place of empowerment and belief in himself that fuels his innate love of learning and love of life from which great and miraculous things can occur. And he is not the only child who has received this wonderous gift…you are indeed serving in a very real and meaningful way. Our children are truly our future and Orsch is helping make the future sparkle with hope!
Jackie, I just want you to know how much I value and appreciate all you have given and continue to give (on a 24 hour basis!) to this educational revolution. And if I can do anything to help ease the load, I am here for you, as I know many others are as well. PLEASE don’t hesitate to call on your support network. We have all benefitted from your efforts and I for one have much enery to give back.Michele Sewolt