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THE PEARL

A Remote Democratic High School

Mission: Providing international high school students an online democratic education that balances personal and social interests to become informed, competent, and involved citizens in a safe anti-racist environment.

Vision:  Revolutionize education by preparing young people to create a more just, sustainable, and equitable world. We are committed to making democratic education accessible to students who have been marginalized in traditional schools.

Why The Pearl?

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, too many youths were not served well within the current educational system, which often marginalizes students because of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender identity, learning styles, or their unwillingness to conform (often a trait of gifted youth). Frequently these young people are pushed out of the school system – negatively impacting their educational attainment, identities, and long-term quality of life.

The Pearl offers a different framework for approaching education, one which fosters community and embraces inclusion. At The Pearl, students share control of their learning environment. They have a say in the rules, what is studied, and how learning takes place. This gives them a stake in their immediate classes—and often translates to them being more engaged in their communities. Students have an equitable opportunity for participation and learn to value and validate each other’s voices, creating a dynamic learning environment that builds a sense of community and brings out students’ cooperative nature.

Students have freedom and choices. They may explore a single course or participate in all the courses we offer.

Students become excited about learning; and they develop critical thinking skills, gain a sense of autonomy, and become self-managed, and independent learners. Instead of feeling like school is drudgery, learners report having favorable views of education. Teachers are active partners with students empowering them to follow their interests and discover their potential.  The ultimate “test of a democratic education is the difference it makes in the lives of students and the community to which they belong” (Pearl & Knight, 1999).

Important Announcements

Teaching to the Test Harms Students
24Nov

Teaching to the Test Harms Students

Standardized tests are only useful for measuring standardized minds. However, humans are not standardized, nor do we want them to be. If you think about it,

The Talents of All Students Must Be Nurtured in Schools
24Nov

The Talents of All Students Must Be Nurtured in Schools

The COVID-19 pandemic and schools being closed have made many parents acknowledge that the mainstream educational system wasn’t serving their kids appropriately. I keep hearing from

Youth Want a Democratic Education
24Nov

Youth Want a Democratic Education

“We need to rebuild our schools from the ground up with the democratic classroom in mind. This would increase the positive outcomes of education for

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General Information

Emotional Health at The Pearl High School
22Mar

Emotional Health at The Pearl High School

Between political struggles, climate crisis, and the rise of the digital age, high school students struggle with their emotional health like never before. The Pearl

Spanish Classes at The Pearl High School
22Mar

Spanish Classes at The Pearl High School

It doesn’t matter if you’re completely new to learning Spanish or have been studying for years. The Pearl Remote High School’s Spanish class is open

Environmental Science II at The Pearl High School
22Mar

Environmental Science II at The Pearl High School

Environmental Science II is a follow up to our Environmental Science I class. This class is only available to The Pearl High School students who

Thank you to the Campbell foundation
17Jan

Thank you to the Campbell foundation

We are honored to have received a $10,000 donation from The Campbell Foundation in honor of our board member Rachel Pearl. This generous donation will

Meet The Pearl Youth Logo Contest Winner!
03Dec

Meet The Pearl Youth Logo Contest Winner!

As a democratic school we include youth in decision making and all important aspects of the school. Therefore, we feel it is important that our

Learn About Courses Being Offered During Winter Term
27Nov

Learn About Courses Being Offered During Winter Term

Winter Term Begins January 6, 2021 Teens can take all of our classes, a few, or just one. We partner with your family to create

Teaching to the Test Harms Students
24Nov

Teaching to the Test Harms Students

Standardized tests are only useful for measuring standardized minds. However, humans are not standardized, nor do we want them to be. If you think about it,

The Talents of All Students Must Be Nurtured in Schools
24Nov

The Talents of All Students Must Be Nurtured in Schools

The COVID-19 pandemic and schools being closed have made many parents acknowledge that the mainstream educational system wasn’t serving their kids appropriately. I keep hearing from

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