Upland Hills School
Rob Himburg, Director
Year Founded: 1971
Coed, Day, Ages 4 1/2 to 14
2575 Indian Lake Road
Oxford, MI 48370
Upland Hills School is a place where community comes first. Our work is centered on the idea that every child is born a genius and that the true function of education is to draw out that genius.
Upland Hills provides a full academic program that emphasizes mastery of skills and creative growth. The heart of the school's teaching is through process driven experiences. Each student attends a morning meeting session where core academic subjects are taught. The school wide afternoon program is devoted to students exploring their passions and interests in a direct experiential process. The goal of the afternoon program is for students to expand their knowledge and abilities in seven disciplines. With class titles such as "Swamping" and "Fisher Tech" children gravitate towards opportunities that nurture their spirits as well as their minds.
Experiential learning brings alive information that would otherwise lie dormant in a book. Igniting the gifts and intelligences of both the staff and students creates a synergistic learning environment. The multiage approach to learning that is modeled in the afternoon program integrates morning meeting time.
During each of the three semesters, every student works with his morning meeting teacher to put together a schedule that is compelling and filled with self directed learning experiences. It is a direct and bold application of individuals exploring and realizing their unique expression of Multiple Intelligence. Those students who approach the afternoon program through a disciplined and committed effort earn "Renaissance" credit. At the school end closing ceremonies, those students are acknowledged with a certificate of achievement.
Portfolio Documentation and Evaluation: Three times a year staff meet with parents and student to discuss the evolving growth of the student and co create a vision for the next semester. The perspective of acknowledging and utilizing a child's strengths, talents and intelligences is primary to the discussion. The student, alone or in community with others, is at the center of understanding.
"Upland Hills School is the kind of school every school should be: a creative experience which encourages the growth and development of the child's potentialities for becoming a creative, knowledgeable, loving human being, one who is able to love, to work, to play and to use his or her mind in health, wisdom and harmony with all that breathes. I wish every child could enjoy the opportunity of such a wonderful school." Ashley Montague