Life Academy has a tradition of class retreats at both the beginning and end of the year to build community. This year, the 6th grade had it’s first beginning-of-the-year retreat at nearby Peralta Park. Students performed community service, had a cookout, played trashball, and participated in team-building games. The goal was to build class identity and the instill in students that, here at Life, we take care of each other and our community.
The last two and a half weeks of school at Life Academy are dedicated to Post Session where teachers design and lead courses based in the arts and/or physical education. Below are pictures from only a few post session options:
- Boys vs. Wild: 6th grade boys explored the Bay Area learning about hiking, topographic maps, and plant identification.
- Girls Got Game: 6th grade girls experienced yoga, hiking, capoeira, and crossfit and examined the question, what is beautiful?
- Hips Don’t Lie: High school students explored and practiced different types of dance.
- Foot Prints: High school students explored Bay Area trails and artistically represented their experiences in nature.
- Surfing: Students learned how to swim and then spent three days camping and surfing in Santa Cruz.
- Yosemite: It’s a Life Academy tradition that all 10th graders go to Yosemite Valley on a week-long retreat to build community.
- GO!: Students learned the basics of backpacking and then went on a five-day backpacking trip on the East Bay’s Ohlone Wilderness Trail.
Teachers and students wear skirts on Skirts for Sasha Day to stand up for a gender queer teenager targeted by violence in Oakland.