Adolescent Farm (ages 12-14)
All-New Option for Middle School. Enroll for 2017-18.
Our Adolescent Program is a life preparatory education program for ages 12 – 14. The hybrid model of class work, independent study, off-campus experiences and real life application is still followed as in the elementary program, but with greater responsibility and accountability. Real life application is the main focus of the Adolescent Program.
The goal of the Adolescent Program is to build confidence and practical skills that equip our students for life. Our program focuses on practicing entrepreneurial skills, creating a micro-business, and apprenticing at a local farm.
The students hold different occupations based on their interests, skills and needs of the community. Their tasks on campus days range from budgeting, planning events and preparing meals to teaching lessons to the primary class, learning about culture and practicing humanities. The program fosters self expression through music, art, public speaking, volunteering, and theater.
The Adolescent Program provides experiential learning at Dickherber Farms in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. Dickherber Farms is a forth generation working farm. The farm is situated on 80 acres and home to many living things from which to learn. The middle school students work alongside the farmers one day every week.
On Farm Days, students begin their day on the farm. They work with their hands and their head to develop independence, self-confidence, and awareness of their own talents. Work on the farm provides a meaningful backdrop where students can connect with our natural world and the rhythms of the seasons. We believe the farm is an ideal place for adolescents to cultivate the field and the mind.
STUDIO DAY: This is a “white box” day for experimenting, researching, starting a project from scratch, and learning new skills. The Studio Day is a day for creative expression. This may be building, painting, writing, programming, photography, business development, and more.
FARM DAY: The adolescent students spend one day per week on the Farm. This is a field day for hands-on exploration, discovery and application. The Farm is an integral component of the Adolescent Program.
Customize your child’s learning experience with personal interests, passions, hobbies, and sports
The Learning Support Team model of guiding, coaching and mentoring is superlative. Two learning guides and small class sizes ensure individualized learning. Mentor-led activities and coaching are integrated throughout the program. Parental involvement is paramount to the success of the BE learning experience.
Technology-infused creative learning environment
In an effort to stay paced with the modern learner, we use open source technology and community-based resources, such as libraries and makerspaces. This allows us to be both dynamic and responsive to the continuous advancement of technology and needs of our students.
Are you ready to choose your own adventure? We can help.
Next step: Let’s meet and talk. (Student Interview).
gardening • apprenticing • micro-business • long-term projects • interest-led research • community and global awareness • sustainability practices • recognizing interdependence • collaboration with peers • self expression • peaceful leadership • teaching younger students • responsibility and accountability • budgeting and planning • self care and mindfulness • meal planning and prep • time and project management • basic maintenance
Articles to read:
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics on the Farm
Ten Principles for Effective Learning in Adolescence
What Teens Need Most From Their Parents
BE is a Game Changer
Parent, My Child's Advocate