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Academics Overview
The complacent formalism of schools, its uncritical and therefore uncreative spirit, must be replaced by an honest hospitality to experimentation. –Elisabeth Irwin
A day in the academic life of an LREI student is anything but ordinary. In every class and in every grade, students are active, mindful participants. Our progressive program challenges them to collaborate with their peers and find original solutions to complex, current problems. Throughout their 14 years here, students develop critical thinking skills that are essential in today’s world, when right-enough answers can be found on Google or Wikipedia. Our academic program inspires children to use their minds, think beyond the page and confidently articulate their ideas to make an impact in the world.

Walk into LREI, and you feel what we mean. You see lower school students baking pies with the peaches they chose at the farmers’ market. You see sixth graders on the playground testing Medieval catapults they designed. At the High School, you hear students debating a bill that just passed through Congress. Then in the next period, you might hear one of the same students practicing a riff he composed, part of a song he’ll perform at a benefit for his classmate’s nonprofit. (Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer is one of a number of organizations started by LREI students.) Our students aren’t cramming facts and forgetting them by fourth period. They’re engaging with each other and the world, making connections they’ll remember years down the road.