Strengthening the Role of Non-Academic Competencies

Children learn so much more from school than academics, so a school in California has decided to harness this reality and deliberately expand their curriculum. Randi Kearney, Katelyn Patterson and Tressa Wyner explain how they are developing self-efficacy skills with their students.

What would it look like if school taught us as much about conflict resolution as it does multiplication? How would our lives be different if we were taught to care for the earth while we learned to read? Located in the middle of California’s picturesque Santa Monica Mountains, MUSE School is striving to do these things. We are a progressive pre-K through 12th grade school with an emphasis on learning about the earth and other people while learning academics. The school is built on five pillars: sustainability, self-efficacy, academics, communication and passion-based learning. 

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