About

Hey there, Triad! The Experiential School of Greensboro is a k-8 tuition-free public school coming to downtown. We open as k-6 and are founded by a collaborative of experienced educators with an unwavering commitment to renew public education. We are ready to engage students, teachers, families, and communities to address educational challenges for the public good! For more information, see our FAQ page. 
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Our Philosophy and Methods
We believe in children’s innate intelligence, curiosity, creativity, and wonder. We are a school that nurtures those characteristics and invites children to be active knowers/innovators and teachers to be facilitators of production. Inquiry-based, multi-modal learning experiences encourage children to explore their passions and work actively with their community. This experiential approach allows them to acquire basic academic skills and content knowledge (meet standards) while empowering them as engaged learners and socially conscious citizens. We aim for deep human engagement by reconnecting students and teachers with their learning and community through creative inquiry-based experiential education.

To learn more about experiential education from the Association for Experiential Education, click here

To learn more about Project-Based Learning from the Buck Institute on Education, click here.

To learn more about our methods and philosophy, click TESG_Brochure

To see our TESG Community Q&A Slideshow with information and frequently asked questions, click here

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Our Location

Our school is more than our building. Experiential education requires us to expand the idea of “classroom” and make spaces for teaching and learning in the community. Downtown Greensboro, and Church Street, in particular, is the ideal location for such a school. The area is rich with resources our students can access as they do project-based learning, work with experts-in-residence, preform service, and participate in internships. Best of all, we can walk with students to a variety of museums, galleries, businesses, parks, theaters, community organizations, and universities. We can use public transportation and the Amrtrak system to facilitate travel to areas beyond our immediate neighborhood. 

To make this expanded classroom possible, our school nurtures relationships with local museums, universities, community organizations, and businesses. We look forward to partnering with Elsewhere Living Museum, Greensboro Children’s Museum, the Center for Visual Arts, Triad Stage, GreenHill, and the International Civil Rights Museum–just a few among a growing list of folks who have expressed interest in developing programming with us. 

Our school also serves as an intellectual and experiential hub for educational researchers, future and current teachers, and interested community members who want to learn more about our practices and how to implement them in other spaces. Downtown Greensboro is a central location for the colleges and universities in the region, allowing educators a local place to research and practice experiential education. 

To learn more about our location, click TESG Gate City Station Location

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This Year 
We are currently in our planning year. The main goals for these months are: spreading the word about our new school, fundraising, securing and outfitting facilities, enrolling students, building community partnerships, and hiring and training our staff.Come see us at an information table or information session if you’d like to know more. A list of events can be found on our “Events” page.

If you’d like to be kept up-to-date on our progress and get reminders about important events (including when registration opens!), sign up for our mailing list

During this planning year, we do not have access to federal, state, or local funds and we have many immediate needs. If you want to help, donate, or give of your time contact us to get going! Every little bit counts and you will be part of this history in the making!!

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Calendar and School Day 
TESG will follow a 185 day calendar. Our school year will begin each year in late August and end in early June. Click here to view our 2018-2019 school calendar.
The school day will run from 8:30-3:30, with school doors opening at 8:00. All children not attending an after school club, tutoring session, or activity must be picked up by 3:45.
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Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is in charge of ensuring that The Experiential School of Greensboro lives out its mission, maintains high academic standards, and remains financially secure. The eleven members of the board represent diverse fields of expertise. In this planning year, the Board of Directors is charged with getting the school ready to open. For more information about the board members, please see their bios.