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|About||School for Adventure-Based Learning and Exploration for Discovery|
|Mission||Onward & Upward’s mission is to strengthen, inspire, empower and connect youth through adventure, challenge, exploration, and service.|
Our purpose is to prepare new generations of creative thinkers for healthy learning and development, ready to act as responsible citizens in an ever-changing world. In 2007, Onward & Upward was created and designed as an educational center with the objective of enhancing the quality of character-building education. We provide the active engaged nature of expeditionary learning while serving the community in innovative ways - helping students develop compassion and to understand/engage in their meaning and purpose in life. Due to its unique approaches and ability to create meaningful expeditions, Onward & Upward is at the forefront of efforts that encourage a “forward and mindful” way of thinking.
To meet these educational challenges, our exclusive evidence-informed “Strong Kids” curriculum emphasizes rigorous expeditions with challenge, active academic immersion, and experiential learning. Students learn through intensive engagement in real-life exploration, project-based research, enlightening workshops, outdoor activities - involving the entire community, including leaders from the public and private sectors. These activities stress critical and normative thinking, written and oral communication skills, problem solving, and an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Students produce a tangible outcome from their Strong Kids Journal and through their research projects, the team forums and service-learning initiatives. The entire experience helps stimulate intellectual curiosity, to promote understanding of their life meaning and purpose, and to build individual self-concept, self-efficacy, and empathy, while instilling the idea that they can do whatever they set their minds to and accomplish more than they ever thought possible – both individually and as a team.