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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We also host our annual Inner Adventure Camp for teens.

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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.

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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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.

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 can be measured by the number of facts and formulas that have been memorized. As an example high scores on a common test of the latter type require massive amounts of spirit-deadening memorization, (i.e. What was the significance of the “Tennis Court Oath”?), and Students in an EFL school with an expansive, student-centered curriculum would not do well on these tests. Other tests, like the SAT however, approach achievement from the more plausible perspective that student progress is better measured in such areas as reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. We utilized one 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


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)

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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