Students represent a diverse population; educational opportunities should mirror and honor that diversity.
It is easy to crush aptitude and the innate desire to learn in many of our brightest and most creative minds. We should, instead, be encouraging our young scientists, engineers, poets, scholars and artists to pursue these passions during their school years. These students can easily meet standards and then choose to be immersed in pursuits of individual greatness.
Orsch students benefit from a genuine community of a diverse population within their classroom. Orsch students benefit from the latest in research based best practices. Orsch students benefit from a truly individualized atmosphere where there is no limit to their creativity, knowledge base, and individual passion.
Engaged, knowledgeable, happy, confident and intrinsically motivated students develop. Productive, well balanced people are the outcome.
Orsch is an educational lab dedicated to finding and implementing practices that work best for all students.
Children will always teach us how to teach if we listen. Currently students are begging for individualized and differentiated instruction, for cooperative learning and for experiential learning – current paradigms in education. It is my hope that students in the Gunnison Valley, and someday beyond, can benefit from a program designed to bring them the very best in programming and opportunity. – Jackie Burt, 2009