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  • Fall term Begins Sept 8th
  • Parent’s NIght Sept 14th- 7:30 pm US Central
  • October 11th- Indigenous People’s day- No School
  • November 11th- Veteran’s Day- NO School
  • November 18th – Last day of Fall Term
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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

Contemporary Art for Teenagers at The Pearl
07Jul

Contemporary Art for Teenagers at The Pearl

Join us as we explore visual arts for the 21st century! In this contemporary art class, students are encouraged to embrace the unique experience of

9 Hybrid-Homeschooling Classes for Teens: Fall 2021
31May

9 Hybrid-Homeschooling Classes for Teens: Fall 2021

ENROLL NOW Our Classes Mutations: Magic Realism in Literature – Online Literature Class Monday and Wednesday from 1:30pm-3:00pm Central / 11:30pm-1:00pm Pacific In magical realism

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

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General Information

Term Dates – Fall 2021 at The Pearl
22Aug

Term Dates – Fall 2021 at The Pearl

We’re so excited to welcome our students back for The Pearl Remote Democratic High School’s second year! For the convenience of Pearl students and their

Student Rights and Responsibilities
22Aug

Student Rights and Responsibilities

When we founded The Pearl, we started off with no rules. When we asked students if they thought we needed any, they said no. Within

A Letter From Our Scholarship Recipient
03Aug

A Letter From Our Scholarship Recipient

At The Pearl, we are very grateful to be able to offer financial aid to several of our students. This is thanks to the generosity

Contemporary Art for Teenagers at The Pearl
07Jul

Contemporary Art for Teenagers at The Pearl

Join us as we explore visual arts for the 21st century! In this contemporary art class, students are encouraged to embrace the unique experience of

Supporting LGBTQ Students at The Pearl
08Jun

Supporting LGBTQ Students at The Pearl

At The Pearl, we strive every day to create a safe and supportive space for students to thrive. This means actively supporting our LGBTQ students

Native American History Class
08Jun

Native American History Class

For as long as the US school system as we know it has existed, the history of Indigenous people has been erased from the curriculum.

9 Hybrid-Homeschooling Classes for Teens: Fall 2021
31May

9 Hybrid-Homeschooling Classes for Teens: Fall 2021

ENROLL NOW Our Classes Mutations: Magic Realism in Literature – Online Literature Class Monday and Wednesday from 1:30pm-3:00pm Central / 11:30pm-1:00pm Pacific In magical realism

Remote Music Classes at The Pearl High School
27Apr

Remote Music Classes at The Pearl High School

Students are in the driver’s seat as they set out to dive into topics related to music-making, recording engineering, and music production. This remote music

Foundations of Self Directed Learning – The Pearl
17Apr

Foundations of Self Directed Learning – The Pearl

The Pearl High School is a remote, democratic learning experience. This means that students are self directed and our curriculum adapts to what they want

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