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Passages: Student-Created Courses

Steller Secondary SchoolSteller Secondary School (Anchorage, AK). Steller Secondary School, a lottery-based magnet school (grades 7-12), emphasizes student responsibility to self and to the Steller community. Students, parents, and staff participate in the democratic process of setting school policy and procedures. Students play an integral role in planning school activities. Through the Passages Program and independent study programs, students create semester classes, Passages, tailored to their own interests. Students choose a subject of interest in one of six categories: creativity, practical skills, logic and inquiry, adventure, career exploration, or community involvement. Students work with teachers to develop their course of study, methods, resources, and goals. They spend the semester pursuing their goals, sharing their progress, and getting feedback from their peers, teachers, and outside mentors. Students may also teach their own peer-taught classes, co-teach classes (with a teacher), and/or act as seminar coaches where they work with groups of eighth graders within a seminar class. Students are required to graduate with a minimum of three Passages courses and earn general elective credits.

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