Contact us
Now School
🌱 🌍 💫

Join our regenerating community that learns & teaches life to make real impact

For Kids, Parents, Teachers & Makers: Sep ‘21 Utrecht

NOW School

Empowering children of today to be the change makers of tomorrow.

  • Learning by living

    It’s not about what we learn, but how we learn. We are a community of life-learning individuals where solution thinkers, creative entrepreneurs and sustainable changemakers work together to create a thriving future for themselves, others and the world.

  • Adapt to the now

    We continuously challenge and reinvent the way we learn, teach and grow by adapting to today’s world. Our future starts now and it is up to us to shape our lives in it.

  • The child at the center

    At NOW school children have ownership over their learning journey and freedom to be curious. As entrepreneurs the children are guided by our educators and by life. This way they develop their unique outlook on life

  • Authentic & engaging educators

    As an educator you have the freedom to design engaging learning experiences and bring them to life with great purpose. Educators are our heroes and we expect you to inspire through your own authenticity.

  • Sustainable playground

    The world is our classroom and playing is the highest form of research. It’s not just the children who learn, we all learn together. Through real life learning we connect to ourselves, others and all thats out there.

Where do we stand today?

Together with our community of kids, parents, teachers and partners we go through certain phases as we buildup and continuously develop NOW School.

  • 01

    Foundation

    First, we formed an amazing team of volunteers making everything happen that you can see today. We develop what we stand for, our values, vision and mission. We build our business and financial plan so to document what we aim to achieve, how and when. In this way we can ask for members of our cooperation to join and trust NOW.

  • We are here 📌02

    Community

    The foundation allows us to connect with children, parents, teachers, partners, everyone who feels connected with what we stand for. Together we will realize NOW School. We will fund parts of the project with the crowd.

  • 03

    Ideation

    In the ideation phase we design the curriculum together with kids, parents, teachers and other creatives. We further develop valuable partnerships for the location, curriculum and programs, … let’s not restrain ourselves.

  • 04

    Learning

    We aim to open our doors between around September 2021.

Latest news - 1/3

Follow our steps

poster
Do what you love

We are starting NOW

The world is changing and so are we. Over the last two years we have developed an unconventional perspective on learning. To start such a school, you need to be out of the ordinary. At the same time, we trust that together we will create the proper environment. Help us make NOW a reality.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Become a #changemaker and support NOW school.

Why NOW?

The education system expects children to learn and adapt, while the system itself hasn’t it hasn’t been challenged to learn or adapt since the industrial revolution. We asked ourselves, how can we transition from a linear economy-driven system to an adaptive learning ecosystem that is future-proof and solution-based? How can we, as a community of learners, continually question, what is school for?

NOWschool

What is school for?

Prince EA

The education system expects children to learn and adapt, while the system itself hasn’t the system hasn’t been challenged to learn or adapt since the industrial revolution. We asked ourselves. What is school for?

Join us

NOW school is a new, English-taught, K-12 international school in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We aim for the school to open it’s doors in September 2021.

Support us
Our vision

HOW we teach tells more than what we teach

We structure learning around how the students approach certain materials, and what competencies and skills that material might address. We call these structures Learning Forms. They are flexible, adaptable and embody a diversity of learning styles. No more forced curricula. No more one size fits all.

  • Community

    A time dedicated to building relationships and social-emotional engagement through games, songs, rituals and talking.

  • Foundations

    Working through maths, building stronger writing skills, discuss latest readings, and get exposed to key concepts of science.

  • Our World

    A wholly integrated learning experience giving exposure to what our world has to offer: nature, people and cultures.

  • Excursions

    Learning happens everywhere. So each week we spend a day out in nature or in the city, exploring and getting our hands dirty.

  • Entrepreneurship

    Real life project work for 21st century skills development, following consistent design processes with a real impact.

  • Extensions

    Opportunity to continue project work, or join a language class, arts and music courses, game clubs or sports.

NOW School program

Old School vs. NOW School

Purpose

Old School

Preparing for post-secondary education or employment - for individual prosperity

NOW School

Living a purposeful and fulfilling life -for collective prosperity

Goal

Old School

Building a knowledge base; knowing the right answers

NOW School

Developing competencies, values, knowledge and motivation to change the world, while learning about and being in harmony with self

Learning process

Old School

Knowledge is absorbed through lectures, worksheets, text

NOW School

Development happens through real life projects, community-involved, entrepreneurial learning

Pathway

Old School

Linear, school centred, one size fits all, with few pathways

NOW School

Divergent, differentiated, with many pathways

Content

Old School

Disciplines are separated into subjects, delivered in a scope & sequence

NOW School

Content is integrated, inquiry-driven, derived from the real world and local context

Teachers

Old School

Teachers are experts, authoritative approach, transfer of knowledge

NOW School

Teachers and community members are collaborators and facilitators, democratic, seeking knowledge and making change together

Learners

Old School

Students learn, receive and follow instructions, organised by birth year

NOW School

Community learns and acts, organised by interests

Environment

Old School

Indoor classrooms, static, desks organised by rows, canteen food

NOW School

Integrated with the natural environment, sustainable materials and practices, quality food, the world as your classroom

Time

Old School

Structured timetables, short periods of study

NOW School

Flexible timetables, long blocks of projects and cross-curricular study

Assessment & Reporting

Old School

Testing for knowledge and skill development; reports as grades

NOW School

Ongoing feedback and self-reflection for skill, knowledge and social-emotional development; reports as narrative

Measure of success

Old School

University or college entrance through grades and test-scores; get a good job

NOW School

Actions to make our world a better place; university or college entrance through portfolio; create great jobs

Purpose

Old School

Preparing for post-secondary education or employment - for individual prosperity

NOW School

Living a purposeful and fulfilling life -for collective prosperity

Goal

Old School

Building a knowledge base; knowing the right answers

NOW School

Developing competencies, values, knowledge and motivation to change the world, while learning about and being in harmony with self

Learning process

Old School

Knowledge is absorbed through lectures, worksheets, text

NOW School

Development happens through real life projects, community-involved, entrepreneurial learning

Pathway

Old School

Linear, school centred, one size fits all, with few pathways

NOW School

Divergent, differentiated, with many pathways

Content

Old School

Disciplines are separated into subjects, delivered in a scope & sequence

NOW School

Content is integrated, inquiry-driven, derived from the real world and local context

Teachers

Old School

Teachers are experts, authoritative approach, transfer of knowledge

NOW School

Teachers and community members are collaborators and facilitators, democratic, seeking knowledge and making change together

Learners

Old School

Students learn, receive and follow instructions, organised by birth year

NOW School

Community learns and acts, organised by interests

Environment

Old School

Indoor classrooms, static, desks organised by rows, canteen food

NOW School

Integrated with the natural environment, sustainable materials and practices, quality food, the world as your classroom

Time

Old School

Structured timetables, short periods of study

NOW School

Flexible timetables, long blocks of projects and cross-curricular study

Assessment & Reporting

Old School

Testing for knowledge and skill development; reports as grades

NOW School

Ongoing feedback and self-reflection for skill, knowledge and social-emotional development; reports as narrative

Measure of success

Old School

University or college entrance through grades and test-scores; get a good job

NOW School

Actions to make our world a better place; university or college entrance through portfolio; create great jobs

Why we do what we do?

We believe that education for sustainability is fundamental for real change. We understand that we are the creators of our problems. And so we can rethink the way we live and be part of the solution. It all starts with education and enabling children to be who they truly are. That motivates us every day. We live and lead the change we love to see in this world.

Our Team