The Anneliese Odyssey (TAO) Middle School is a radical approach to the awakening of adolescent scholars. Honoring and celebrating this unique passage of time, TAO students explore their own voice and passions through independent choice and self-directed learning, in the context of a supportive community. We strive to cultivate mastery, curiosity, autonomy, and belonging.
TAO bridges the potential and spark of an elementary learner to the expansion of the adolescent’s world during this tender transition in life.
The Anneliese Odyssey offers:
- Rigorous academics and self-directed learning through strategically curated coursework;
- A non-traditional educational journey that fosters inner character & self-discovery;
- Experiential field-studies;
- A personalized academic approach to goal achievements;
- An experience of belonging and connection based on supportive relationships and community building.
Honoring the Developing Adolescent
Adolescence is a tender and sometimes tumultuous time, when children transition to a new stage of life marked by growing independence, and a desire to find their place in the world around them.
Central questions include: Who am I? Where do I belong? What makes me unique? Am I valued? How can I express who I am?
Answering these questions happens to a great degree through interactions with peers and the immediate community. Because of this, the educational environment is one of the most powerful tools shaping the adolescent’s emerging sense of self.
Both parents and educators want to see children navigate this transition with joy, purpose, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging.
TAO Middle School is designed to honor the many dimensions of this stage in life.
TAO is an educational experience where students can explore their own voice, curiosity, and passions, and experiment with independent choice and self-directed exploration, in the context of a supportive community. TAO empowers adolescents by fostering both independence and interconnection.
TAO IN PRACTICE
Nuts & Bolts
- The academic year is divided into trimesters of 13 weeks each.
- Students have a schedule of 4 learning blocks per day, in addition to their world language class and community meeting.
- Each Learning block is held twice through the week, covering approximately 8-10 courses per week.
- Students interact with different teachers throughout the day, rotating between courses that are taught by teachers according to the teacher’s specialties and areas of focus.
- On Wednesdays, the entire student body has an adapted daily schedule to allow for a longer Community Meeting, Odyssey Studies, and intensive elective courses focused on the Arts and Humanities.