A Day at CLAS

At CLAS every day is different!

Check In: This part of each day is crucial. Checking In at Morning Advisory sets the tone for the day. This is when schedules are built, and goals are set!

Core Classes: We spend 40 minutes in each core subject area in our classrooms, and the rest of the credit is found everywhere else! Our creative staff collaborate tirelessly to create opportunities that hit all of the MN K-12 Academic Standards.

Electives: Choices here are based on what the students want, and some teacher talent areas as well. Crowd favorites include volleyball, wood working, shop, canoeing, yard games, fishing, painting, and many seasonal activities.

Tenets of CLAS: At Central Lakes Adventure School there are some non-negotiables in our program. Positive participation in these elements of our program is required to maintain pace for graduation -Field Experiences, Project, Sacred Circle, and Service Learning. Learn more about these in their own tabs!

Credit Mondays: By making the time to calculate credits weekly, each student and their Advisor has an opportunity to discuss challenges and successes from the previous week, and a plan with a goal for the upcoming week. This ensures that students are aware of their progress and know how to set their goals.

Top 20 Tuesdays: Top 20 is a Social/Emotional curriculum that focuses on- “bringing out the best in individuals, families, teams and organizations, so that all can reach their highest potential and make a positive difference in the quality of their lives, relationships and experiences.” About Top 20 Training

Sacred Circle on Wednesday: As a school that focuses on conflict resolution through the use of Restorative Circles, it is important to put practice into reality. We meet every Wednesday after lunch, including every staff or guest on site. The circle takes as long as it takes to be complete for the week.

Service Learning Thursdays: Every week a different group is assigned to a location in the community to give Service as their learning. If a student is not out on rotation, their Service is to the school. We think it is valuable to take care of your personal environment just as much as the world around us.

Project: The six sessions of the school year follow a rotation of Themes. Each Theme has a Driving Question we seek to answer through creative projects and field experiences. Students show their skill competency through the Project they complete.

Check Out: The culmination of the day, this is when the Student and Advisor take a glance at the schedule and conference briefly on the goals set that morning. A quick reflection is done, and then
the day is complete!

Here at CLAS, some brilliant minds of days passed, created a wonderful system that converts every minute of every day into a decimal point of a credit!! We spend a lot of time and effort teaching students and their families about this method because it is complicatedly simple: If you’re here, positively participating, you’re earning credit. If you’re not, you’re not.