Secondary Education Division
Inaugural Term: Autumn 2024
Campaign Goal: $4,261,210
Secondary education serves young scholars in grades 7 through 14 (ages 12 to 20 years old). It is the final segment of their education as they build generational wealth while preparing for life in the real world as entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders for a better global world. During their time with WAIE, young scholars will participate in courses from Holistic Health, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Humanities for World Culture, and STREAM for Environmental Stewardship.
Our goal is to raise a total of $14,055,946 by the time we open our doors to our first cohort of matriculating young scholars. The first portion of $4,261,210 will be used between September 2023 and August 2024 to hire staff and faculty to prepare for the school opening. The remaining funds of $9,794,736 will be applied directly to financial aid to support young scholars attend who are facing economic hardships.
new students annually
The secondary division will recruit 240 new seventh-grade young scholars for the first year. At full capacity, we can accept 300 young scholars each year for a total of 2,400 young scholars when all grade levels are full.
The digital learning school is self-paced and allows young scholars to learn over the space of 12-months, divided into 4 quarters. Shabat days and weeks are provided throughout the year to allow young scholars to rest.
students awarded financial aid
Our goal is to raise enough funds that we are able to provide 89% of our young scholars facing economic hardships with some form of financial aid to participate in the school.
During their time with the school, young scholars will take a total of 27 courses per year. Over the course of their 8 years with us, they will take a total of 216 courses.
Build Our Own Table
WAIE’s curriculum focuses on the cultures and experiences of Black Americans (Foundational Black Americans, Africans, Hebrew Israelites, Afro Arabs, and Moors), South Indigenous/Native American (LatinX, Latino, Latina, Hispanic, and Indigenous tribes below the equator), North Indigenous/Native American (Indigenous tribes above the equator), and Pacific Islander (Austronesia), and Asiatic (East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia) communities.
The focus on cultures and experiences of the above groups was made and founded on the idea of building our own “table” as BIPOC communities to support our youth in being successful. For years data and stories have shown evidence of the mistreatment of BIPOC in the school system. This occurs because most K-12 and higher education institutions aren’t staffed or designed by people that share similar heritages as the youth who are enrolled. Thus, creating a very Eurocentric view of education. However, instead of always having to ask for our youth to be treated properly at someone else’s table it was decided to build our own table for their education. The school will be available to all students regardless of their ethnicity, however, we unapologetically focus on the stories and cultures of BIPOC.
Our holistic health curriculum provides scholars with the skills needed to overcome challenges they’ll face in life so that they can have strong mental and physical health. The department is organized into Food and Nutrition, Mental and Physical Wellness, and Life Planning courses.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Our innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum helps young scholars learn how to develop multiple streams of income for their future and create generational wealth. The department is organized into Business Development, Marketing and Communications, Civics and Economics, and Finance and Accounting.
Humanities for World Culture
Our Humanities for World Cultures curriculum is a true exploration of the arts of language, culture, and history as young scholars learn three languages to help them explore the ancient world while taking a global view on the future of society. The department is organized into Language Arts, World Cultures, and Theology.
STREAM for Environmental Stewardship
Our STREAM for Environmental Stewardship curriculum encourages scholars to be curious, ask questions, discover, and take intellectual risks while investigating. Also, it allows young scholars to innovate and build solutions for modern-day problems that the global community faces. The department is organized into Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
Intertwined into all of our courses is that of the Hebrew Lifestyle, Culture, and Language. It provides a foundation for young scholars on ancestral teachings and their applications to modern-day life. The Hebrew lifestyle focuses on a plant-based lifestyle, proper business practices, and building a community and society that fosters growth and good stewardship on a global stage.
By supporting WAIE, you are ensuring all students, but particularly communities furthest from educational justice, are able to participate regardless of their family’s financial status.
Why does digital learning matter?
Trauma from bullying can manifest itself in a variety of ways. However, participating in digital learning allows you to improve your mental health while working with our mental wellness team. Also, you will be able to learn at your own pace while working with fellow young scholars virtually and during our outdoor immersions.
Mastery of Subjects
We all learn through different methods and at different paces. However, not all schools are able to provide individualized pacing for students. Our courses and interventions are designed to provide your child with the opportunity to master a subject rather than focus on meeting deadlines.
Sadly, most schools do not focus on true integrated multicultural education designed by diverse educators for a diverse student population. We seek out highly qualified educators from diverse backgrounds to create a curriculum for our young scholars that focus on multiple world lenses instead of one.
Athletes and performers have rigorous schedules that require their attention and energy for them to accomplish their goals. Participating in WAIE allows them to learn at their own pace and own time while still participating in their passions and making new friends through our outdoor education immersions and projects.
Student Discipline Solution
Disproportionate student discipline negatively affects a young scholar’s ability to succeed. However, in more cases than not young scholars are disciplined based on the underlining biases of teachers and administrators. With online school, the focus is placed more heavily on the young scholar’s growth rather than discipline.
Your family may have an unpredictable travel schedule because of military service or it’s a natural part of your work. However, participating in an online school allows your child to continue their education. Plus, we work to help your child connect with other WAIE students who live in the new area you move to.
Learning tools and technology enable young scholars to develop effective self-directed learning skills. They are able to identify what they need to learn, find and use online resources, apply the information on the problem at hand, and even evaluate resultant feedback. This increases their efficiency and productivity.
The opportunity to customize learning sequences for each young scholar will make education more productive by closing learning gaps sooner and accelerating progress. Dynamic grouping, workshops, and project-based learning can add lots of collaborative learning to the already present education model.
Equipping young scholars with the requirements of higher education and holding a career at a young age has become one of the most crucial responsibilities of school education. Digital learning solutions focused on problem-based learning emphasize learning methods that are constructive, collaborative, and call the student’s attention to a real-world approach to learning.