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Our Story

Education in the 21st Century

 

We are filling the gap.  Ours is a story about education in the 21st century.  At Dimensions Collaborative, students are learning to adapt to a future that demands skills best acquired through personalized education.  Computers, robots, and Google have replaced the need for people to do routine, tedious tasks or memorize and regurgitate lots of information. The future needs people who think critically and creatively, innovate and bring a passionate sense of purpose to the workplace and the pressing issues of the time. These are skills continuously honed through personalized self-directed education.  

 

Our Purpose

 

Our PURPOSE is to partner with parents and students to design personalized learning plans through which students find their unique element and become self-directed learners for life.  We believe education is, at its best, helping students discover, refine, and develop their gifts, talents, passions, and abilities in ways that benefit themselves and others as they prepare for the future.

 

As such, we have worked diligently to develop vibrant personalized learning environments designed to facilitate self-directed learning through multi-faceted, flexible learning centers throughout San Diego County.  Our centers are available to students who wish to utilize them up to four days per week for specialized instruction, enrichment studies, group learning, social skills and leadership development, and a sense of connection and community. As always, learning center participation is a curriculum choice to support learning plans, but is not required, depending on the individual student.

 

While all locations follow a universal schedule, each has the flexibility and mission to meet the unique needs of the community it serves through its dynamic instructors, mentors, and parent volunteers who are passionate about supporting students and bringing our centers to life.

 

What We Do

 

Our MISSION is to curate robust, personalized learning plans in partnership with students and parents which prepare students to be ready and thrive in their chosen life paths.   These learning plans are at the heart of our work. Individualized and flexible, the result of ongoing collaboration between parent, student, and their CA credentialed Educational Facilitator (EF), the learning plan is designed to promote mastery, autonomy, and a sense of purpose as well as facilitate growth, performance, and achievement.  In this plan, a combination of curriculum, resources, experiences, and personalized learning environments needed to support the learning plan in ways that engage student interests and unique styles of learning are identified and facilitated.

 

How It Works

 

Our VISION is to develop self-directed learners who are self-aware, confident, creative connected, and whole – ready to thrive in the 21st century.

The home, learning centers, community, and world all serve as the classroom to support the great adventure of student-driven learning.  Toward this end, we highlight the following Dimension Collaborative School offerings: 

 

    • CA Credentialed Educational Facilitator (EF)
    • Self-Directed Personalized Learning Plans
    • Vibrant Learning Centers
    • High School: College and Career Preparation
    • Additional Resources & Support

 

"We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they begin to flourish."

~Sir Ken Robinson