The Open program is the oldest continuous college-prep program in Minneapolis. It was founded on a progressive education model that centers on students having a voice in their educational experiences and providing them with the freedom and responsibility for directing their learning. The classes in the Open program emphasize an authentic, investigative, research- and discussion-based approach to learning where critical reading, thinking, writing and speaking are valued. The Open program focuses on interdisciplinary learning, social issues and students’ exploration of their place in the world. Students develop their critical thinking skills through exploration, student initiative and personal responsibility while valuing teamwork, intellectual curiosity, diversity and community.
The program balances mentoring, college preparation and cultivation of passion for lifelong learning. Open teachers use many different approaches to mentoring and guiding students, helping them find answers to their own questions while preparing them for post-secondary opportunities. Students graduate from Open and go on to a wide range of post-secondary programs, including some of the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. and the world.
For visits and tours of our school, please contact Esmeralda Durant-Silvan at 612.668.4381 or Ahmed Ali at 612.668.4357.
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