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Learning at Portfolio School is transformative.  

Believing that our students can and will act upon the world, we provide a safe environment for them to try and fail and try again.  So, when you visit, you’ll hear a teacher acknowledging that an academic challenge is difficult, but also affirming faith in the student’s ability to succeed.  You’ll witness students reflecting on their failures so they can try another approach. When the current estimate is that 65% of the jobs our students will hold have not yet been invented, our students will have the growth mindset necessary to innovate and succeed.

At Portfolio, we invite our students to learn from the experts around us in New York City and throughout the world --  and to become experts themselves, sharing what they’ve learned and adapting it to understand new challenges. Our students use the high-level skills they are acquiring in computation, literacy, science, social science, and fabrication to design and implement real-world projects that demonstrate their mastery of concepts and foundations.  If the Industrial Age generated factory workers, the Information Age created office workers, then the Innovation Age will require design thinkers, fearless creators, adaptive experts.

Based on research from Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and Columbia, Portfolio School is reinventing education.

  • Students’ birth dates don’t define the learner’s journey…
    Students are grouped based on level of independence and academic ability.

  • Learning doesn’t revolve around content requirements… 
    Student learning revolves around conceptual and practical understandings, which contextualize cognitive skills, character strengths, and subject-area content.

  • The school day isn’t divided into subjects…
    Subjects are incorporated and contextualized into the projects. The school day is divided into deep learning time for long-range projects, as well as time for self-paced mastering of core skills (literacy, math), self-initiated challenges, and small group seminars.

  • Students don’t just have a GPA and transcript of letter grades as evidence of learning…
    Students have a curated portfolio and a mastery transcript as evidence of learning.  Our college advisors will be communicating with colleges and universities about the high level of rigor in the program and the value of the mastery transcript. 

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Who benefits from this type of transformative experience?  

We believe every student would benefit from our approach, because they are:

  • Intrinsically motivated

  • Curious

  • Open to other perspectives

  • Creative thinkers

  • Generous with their time and ideas

  • Eager to communicate their thoughts

  • Good listeners

  • Independent

  • Collaborative

What does a typical day at Portfolio look like?

Spoiler alert…there are no typical days here. But here’s a sample schedule of what a day might look like for our students.

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