About Us


The U School is a new,  district high school opening in the fall of 2014 at the Ferguson Campus located at 2000 N. 7th Street. At The U School, students become “urban designers” who solve real-world problems in their communities through research, planning, designing, and by testing their ideas.

Through these project-based learning experiences, students will gain 21st century skill-sets.  Traditional courses are re-organized into interdisciplinary courses that are broken down into learning modules. For example, “Urban Ecology” brings together learning objectives from the fields of science, social studies, and mathematics.


The U School’s instructional model includes some of  the following elements:

  • Youth development focus: all students will join an advisory team (called Possi) with peers and a mentor educator who will design and create a vibrant high school experience; Possi will support goal-setting, college and career planning, and strong engagement with families to support learner growth.
  • Personalized learning: every learner is supported in learning with the amount of independence they are ready to manage.
  • Competency-based education: learning goals are organized as “competencies” – the knowledge and skillslearners must successfully apply in order to solve real world problems. Learners only advance once they have demonstrated proficiency of the learning goals.
  • Design-based learning: learners lead personal and team-based investigations around the “Great Challenges of Our Time,” and develop key skills in research, problem-solving, communications, and taking action.