Open Connections

PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: Open Connections continues to be open, virtually. We recognize that springtime is often when prospective families tour the OC campus and come for an in-person interview. While our physical campus is closed for the time being, we ARE continuing to conduct interviews via Zoom or FaceTime. If you are considering enrollment for Fall 2020, we encourage you to take advantage of this option! To learn more about setting up a virtual interview, please click the "Inquire" link. We look forward to “meeting” you and showing you all that OC has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Open Connections! CURRENT FAMILIES: Please check your email for the kick-off schedule for distance learning!

Open Connections is

where life and learning connect in a natural way.
a place where my young people and I feel valued and appreciated.
where we go to create the world we want for our youth.
a forward thinking, educational community that values process-consciousness.
where youth can safely explore the outer world around them and the inner world within them.
a supportive community that nurtures life-long learning.
founded on the belief that people are natural learners.
-Peter Bergson, OC Co-Founder

Prospective Families:

Open Connections continues to be open, virtually. We recognize that springtime is often when prospective families tour the OC campus and come for an in-person interview. While our physical campus is closed for the time being, we ARE continuing to conduct interviews via Zoom or FaceTime. If you are considering enrollment for Fall 2020, we encourage you to take advantage of this option! To learn more about setting up a virtual interview, please click here to start the process. We look forward to “meeting” you and showing you all that OC has to offer. Thank you for your interest in Open Connections! 

 

Current OC Community: 

 

Please check your email for the kick-off schedule for distance learning!! 

 

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 1st, 2020

3rd, 5th, 8th grade testing

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Community Day

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Science Expo - GTIV projects

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Theater Performance

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Theater Performance

testimonial

I have no doubt that it is my experience at OC itself that stoked the flames of my . . . curiosity.

-Madeleine, OC Alumna

"OC Speak" Glossary

What we mean when we say:

Self-directed Learning

Self-directed Learning covers a spectrum of meanings for different users.  At Open Connections we tend to use the term to distinguish student-centered learning from learning that has been initiated by--and usually coerced by--someone in a position of authority.  The content may be identical in the two different schemes.  What distinguishes them is the source.  Choosing Moby Dick from the library is one thing: having it assigned by a parent or English teacher is quite another.  Similarly, learning to add and subtract so that you can balance your financial accounts is different from learning by way of completing assigned worksheets. While the outcome may also be similar, the self-directed learner has self-motivation and a sense of purpose that are likely to be lasting benefits that far surpass the skills learned or the the data memorized.