These immersive programs are distinctly supported by our Innovation Lab: equipped with state-of-the-art tools and technology: as well as extensive fieldwork and relevant travel expeditions. Because we have a mixed-age classroom, these immersives are scaled to age and developmental appropriate lessons.
The 2022/23 immersive area of study is Art and Architecture. This custom curriculum will take students on a journey through design practices, sketching, drawing, geometry, the study of historic architecture, design theory, structural engineering, physics, and environmental studies. Math, reading, and writing will all be addressed daily within the immersive. The Art portion of the immersive will be a direct fallout of the Architecture curriculum. For example, students may build a concrete planter, design a diorama, clay modeling of everyday objects, build a birds nest, experiment with shading and lines, perspective drawing, rendering practices via pencil, charcoal, watercolor, etc.
My family is fortunate to be part of the Forge community and I’m so thankful we made the leap. Sick of the status quo public education model, Forge has enabled our daughter to realize that she loves the act of learning. Diagnosed with dyslexia prior to the pandemic, she had major difficulties (social and emotional) with going to public school. Pulled out of class for reading groups was supposed to help but being removed from “normal” class only deepened the divide with her classmates. Public school couldn’t provide the support that she needed. When you are 1 of 30 kids in a classroom, it’s easy to get lost and not receive the support that is desperately needed. At Forge, the student to teacher ratio is low and consequently support is always available. The Forge model, while unique to education is simply inspirational. It just makes perfect sense. I went to Public school throughout k-12 and didn’t know there was an option. When first introduced to the Forge model, I certainly had loads of questions but am now 110% committed. My daughter now LOVES going to school. When going to public, she had real anxiety and dreaded the daily drop off. Her teachers at public school were amazing and we loved them but ultimately wasn’t the right fit for our daughter. Forge has now opened our eyes to what education can truly be, fun and full of joy which is what learning is all about. The opportunities and possibilities that our daughter has benefited from are endless. We were worried about her learning in the past but not anymore. I have complete confidence in the owners, teachers and Forge community. I’m so thankful for Forge and so is my daughter.
– Thomas Rothamel
Bend Nest Parenting Magazine article: Forging the Future: A radical new school opens in Bend