Adolescence is rich with life’s greatest opportunities for self-development. ~ J. D. Walters

Jr. & Sr. High School

Imagine a High School …

1) where adventure is a key part of the curriculum, with the classroom viewed as a launching pad to real-life experience;
2) where opportunities to serve others happen on a regular basis;
3) where time is taken to achieve a balanced development of the body, feelings, will, and intellect as the best preparation for realizing our highest potential;
4) where learning is a joyful process that produces high performance without undue stress.

“This school ultimately prepares you for your life. At Ananda Living Wisdom School we learn from experiences and people as well as textbooks and curricula. The teachers care about me and listen to what I have to say.  They have helped me with difficult subjects by working with and not against me. I have made good friends at Ananda. It’s a very healthy community with kind people.” S.C.

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High School and Spirituality

We offer an exciting approach to spirituality based on the insights of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of the model for Education for Life schools. In an article called The Balanced Life, he wrote:

Educational authorities deem it impossible to teach spiritual principles in public schools because they confuse them with the variety of conflicting forms of religious faith. But if they concentrate on the universal principles of peace, love, service, tolerance, and faith that govern the spiritual life, and devise methods of practically growing such seeds in the fertile soil of the child’s mind, then the imaginary difficulty is dissolved. It is the greatest mistake to ignore this problem just because it is seemingly difficult.

At our school we offer teens the opportunity to cultivate their spirituality through the exploration of the key themes of Service, Adventure, Self-Discovery, and Personal Excellence. A fuller description of this topic is available at this link.

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Our Approach to Academics

For over 40 years, Education for Life has pioneered an approach that emphasizes cultivating the intellect in conjunction with the body, feelings, and will. Modern research shows that the future of education around the world lies with schools that can successfully implement this kind of integrated, holistic approach. Our approach is described in the following points.

1) Student-Centered vs Curriculum-Centered: Traditional education is almost always curriculum-centered. The course of studies is set in advance by school staff. Students are expected to learn what is taught. Classes are always the same, regardless of who is in the class. In an EFL school, teachers are trained to focus on the individual students in their class and adapt the curriculum to their unique set of talents, interests, and needs. All of the essential topics are covered, but in a presentation style and rhythm that matches these particular students. Classes are always different, depending on the individuals involved.

2) Curriculum Categories: Traditional education divides the curriculum into separate, impersonal categories like science, history, geography, and language. An EFL school provides an integrated curriculum that is focussed on expanding each student’s sense of who they are. The EFL categories cover the same body of knowledge, but from perspectives that are focused on relating the particular topics to the personal experience of the students: Understanding People, Our Earth – Our Universe, Communication and Self-Expression, Cooperation, Personal Development, and Wholeness.

3) Stages of Maturity: In EFL, the style of education evolves with the age of the students. During the Will Years from ages 12-18, learning needs to be active and involved in real-life situations, including internships, service projects, and travel. When students are encouraged to learn from personal experience rather than only from books, they develop self-confidence and the ability to apply their learning to new situations.

The Results

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is the principle tool for judging high school achievement in the United States. Our students (see sidebar) have consistently scored 200 points above the national average. The SAT has withstood the misguided notion current in many educational circles that student achievement is measured by the number of facts and formulas that have been memorized (i.e. What was the significance of the “Tennis Court Oath”?). Students in an EFL school with an expansive, student-centered curriculum would not do well on these tests. Other tests, like the SAT, assess student progress in more realistic terms like reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. Our results are listed here.

We have used another of these tests, The Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED), with our 9th -12th grade students. The results are listed below in percentile ranks that show how our students compared with other schools. A ranking in the 90th percentile means they scored in the top 10% nationally.

Standardized Testing 2005-17  Average EFL Student Percentile for the Iowa Test of Educational Development
Vocabulary 90
Reading Comprehension 92
Language 90
Math Concepts & Problems 92
Computation 81
Total Percentile 92

Service Adventure Trips

Living Wisdom Jr. & Sr. High School students embark on a two-week journey of service projects and life-changing adventures. Teachers and students have worked together in manifesting trips to India, Italy, Slovenia, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Quebec, US National Parks, Best Friends Animal Shelter, Hong Kong, Nepal, South Africa and Peru. These unique opportunities are fully funded by the efforts of each class. Each year we marvel at what can be manifested through imagination and perseverance.

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White Light Kirtan Band

The Living Wisdom School White Light Kirtan Band members inspire others to seek truth, and to uplift consciousness through devotional chanting.

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Alumni

Graduates from our school have continued to pursue their passions after graduation. Those who chose to further their education were accepted at the following colleges and universities: UC Merced, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, Mills College, Berea College, Evergreen, Occidental, St Mary’s, Lewis and Clark, Humboldt State, Reed, Linfield, Whitman, Puget Sound, Maharishi University of Management, Ithaca College, and many more. (view alumni page)