WE'RE CLOSING THE ENGAGEMENT GAP TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
Somewhere between kindergarten and high school, students can lose their natural love of learning. When this happens, their curiosity is often replaced by apathy, social or other distractions and a disaffection for learning.
This struggle to connect personally with what is being taught in school is called an engagement gap, and is one contributing factor to the academic achievement gap. Any student experiencing this, especially those coping with learning challenges, can struggle academically and often fall further behind, causing more disconnection.
We employ research-based and proven successful strategies to help close the engagement gap. Research (and our collective professional experience) has shown that participating in hands-on activities rekindles a love of learning and helps students connect abstract concepts to the real world while motivating them to achieve success in school by all assessment measures.
Studio School students make things with their hands in every class, because we know this practice has the power to encourage a lifelong love of learning, to foster renewed curiosity, and to motivate students to explore, discover, and genuinely connect with new passions. And when this magic happens, there's no gap that we can't overcome together!