I chose Animas because I was frustrated with the learning style and environment of my previous school. When I was in elementary school, I was identified as a GT (Gifted and Talented) student because I thought in a different way than most of the kids in my grade, and that required challenges. I was and constantly am looking for challenges, and this was lost at my previous school due to the design of the classroom, curriculum, and teaching style. More work was given instead of more challenging work which makes it hard to do well, so when I heard about Animas, I was immediately interested. I found that the project based learning style and smaller school body was exactly what I was looking for, so I shadowed. I came when the freshman were working on a project in which they design a prototype for a new school, which was different than anything I had ever seen done in a school. From my experience, a project like that wasn't supposed to be school project, and I realized that the specific project portrayed exactly what Animas is like-project based learning incorporated with design thinking to connect what we’re learning to real life.
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