- 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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We applaud you and Orsch every day. Thank you for accepting Anna and all the others into the program who need it. Where would we/she have been if you had limited last year’s class to 25 students (I think Anna was the 26th), or had said that you didn’t want to disrupt the group by adding her in April? She is a changed child and we feel like the luckiest parents in the world to have been able to enroll her in your big-hearted program when we did. We would NEVER be the parents to say that the next family who desperately needs Orsch, like we did, should be turned away.