10 Bizarre Schools From Around The Country Parents at a New York City school started by The Blue Man Group Ahead, more on that and nine other "unique" schools from across the country. are complaining about the school's unorthodox teaching methods.
The Delphian School
The Delphian School in western Oregon markets itself as a "real-world Hogwarts," but it's actually a real-world Scientology school, for grades K-12. The education is based around L. Ron Hubbard's educational beliefs, which includes the idea that all words (even "the" and "it") are grossly misunderstood. As a result, the school tries to teach students in an allegedly more concrete way. For example, they're often asked to build things out of clay to illustrate concepts. Also, facial hair is banned. And it costs $42,000 a year.
Walt Disney Elementary
In 1954, children at the public elementary school in Levittown, Pennsylvania were given the opportunity to name their school after a public figure.
The kids chose Walt Disney. When Disney got word of it, he sent artists to decorate the school acordingly. Half a century later, it's still Disney-ified, with classrooms and hallways devoted to Disney characters.
School Of The Future
In 2003, Microsoft agreed to fund a $63 million Philadelphia public charter high school called "School of the Future." Not only would the school be totally paper-free and rely entirely on technology, it would also mimic a real-world workplace schedule with a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. school day. (
The school day was eventually lengthened.) Naturally, all students are trained in Microsoft programs, presumably making them good candidates for post-grad employment.
FDNY High School For Fire And Life Safety
Stratton Mountain School
Stratton Mountain School in Stratton, VT
bills itself as a "winter sports academy." Translation: go skiing and snowboarding for most of the day. The school has sent 53 students to the Olympics, while 90 have been on national teams.
Awakening Seed School
Started in a Phoenix, AZ garage
in 1977, Awakening Seed wanted "children to be honored for who they are." The school, which runs from pre-school to 5th grade, bans artificial juices and Lunchables. Their mission statement includes the line: "world peace is possible," and this first verse of the school song describes the general attitude and curriculum: "The Seed’s not like most other schools / It’s a really special place / We dance and sing and do water play / There’s a smile on every face."
this California school, each year has a theme around which all teaching is focused. In 2011, the theme was Leonardo da Vinci. The theme for the upcoming year is "Explore." Classes aren't segmented by subject — everything's taught together. Of course, there are no grades or textbooks.
Play Mountain Place
Play Mountain Place describes itself as "a progressive alternative humanistic play-based preschool and elementary school located in Los Angeles, California." Children are not pressured in any way — they can wear diapers for as long as they like, for instance. Classes take place primarily outside and part of the curriculum includes petting animals. BuzzFeed Daily
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