Woolman Semester

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Woolman Semester
Address
13075 Woolman Lane
39°16′10.93″N 121°6′8.37″W / 39.2697028°N 121.1023250°W / 39.2697028; -121.1023250Coordinates: 39°16′10.93″N 121°6′8.37″W / 39.2697028°N 121.1023250°W / 39.2697028; -121.1023250
Nevada City, California, 95959
United States
Information
Type Private (Single semester school)
Motto Peace, justice, and sustainability.
Established 2001
Head of school Marjorie Fox
Staff 9
Faculty 4
Grades 11-12
Enrollment ~12
Number of students 26
Color(s)             
Athletics None
Mascot Wombat
Affiliation College Park Friends Educational Association
Website

The Woolman Semester is a semester school focused on the intersections of peace, social justice, and sustainability. Students come from all over the country to attend Woolman for a single semester during their high school junior, senior, or gap year. Students spend a semester deeply immersed in contemporary topics and exploring issues first hand as well as working with each other and the staff and interns to run the daily operations of the school, including cooking meals, cleaning facilities and grounds, and growing and harvesting the food eaten at the school.

The core classes of the program are Global Issues, Peace Studies, Environmental Science, and Non-violent Communication. Woolman is the only Quaker (Friends) semester school in the country,[1] and in accordance with the philosophy of Quaker Education[2] the Woolman Semester curriculum centers around collaboration, activism, and open inquiry into local and global issues.[3]

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The campus is nestled in the Sierra foothills on 230 acres of field and forest. The nearest towns are Grass Valley and Nevada City, California.

The Woolman Semester began in spring of 2004, after a two year restructuring period. Previously, the campus had been home to the John Woolman School, a four year high school that served the community from 1963-2001.[4]

The mission of the school is to weave together peace, sustainability, and social action into an intensely rigorous academic experience.[5]

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Woolman Semester enriches a typical high school curriculum with college-level, seminar-style course work and experiential opportunities that promote lifelong learning, personal growth and intellectual commitment.

The core classes of the program: Environmental Science, Global Issues, and Peace Studies yield Environmental Science credit, Economics and Government credit, and English credit. Beginning in Fall 2011 courses in Mathematics and Spanish will be included in the curriculum. Woolman is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[6]

Students and staff spend much of the day in small, rigorous academic classes, with substantial time devoted to the hands-on work of the community: the garden and orchard, the kitchen, and the forest.[7] Teaching and learning is part of a collaborative community process that includes classroom work, independent projects, and off-campus trips.[8]

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