We are a progressional learner-centered environment meaning we have done away with traditional classrooms, subject areas, and age-based grades.


Our small groups are intentionally organized to combine diverse interests and backgrounds. Led by a Cohort Director, these teams are your home base where foundational skills are acquired, creativity pushed, and experiences curated. Cohorts get the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and collaborate using a design-thinking framework to confront real problems in the community like the effects of climate change or housing development and devise solutions to present to real experts.



The basic skills and knowledge for everything we do in the world. These foundations are rooted in core competencies and applied across all instruction at Lark. By integrating these skills in everything we do, you will immediately see how what you’re learning is applied in the real world.

Cohort Directors will support your path to proficiency in these Foundations through competency checks in a blended learning environment and in person.

Principles of design, visual information, and aesthetics

Informational, narrative, casual/social, academic, research, and professional

Basic mathematics

Informational, creative, casual, academic, research, and professional

Building, creating, using tools, and problem-solving in 3d space

Presentation, rhetoric, debate, clarity, confidence, public, and professional

Basic physics, biology, geology, and chemistry

Management, organization, responsibility, politics, and follow-through

Cause/effect, continuity/change, scientific relationships, history, and environment


Every Wednesday we host our Speaker Series. People from all backgrounds come in and talk about their work, their projects, or topics they are experts in. It is an opportunity to see what is out there, expand horizons, and help inform your own choices about what you may want to explore.

We get it, the road to success has never been more varied, and potentially less clear, than it is today. The paths we take often have many twists, turns, and possibilities rarely mentioned. Many of the industries and professions people work in now didn’t even exist a decade ago. So we think it is time to meet people face to face and demystify opportunity.


Universal Courses

Designed by passionate experts, our multiple disciplinary courses engage in a comprehensive understanding of how the information applies within the complex systems of our world. Courses may take place over a few days, weeks, a trimester, or a whole year. Here are a few examples of what we may offer:

Focus on analyzing and understanding social media, news, ads, political speeches, and media history.

Combine the study of geography, geopolitics, conflict, resources and resource management into a holistic understanding of globalization and current events.

Discover where food comes from, how to make it, how the environment creates/ adapts; including an examination of historic and potential future models.

What numbers tell us about the world, how to critically examine and apply them in various industries.

Explore Adobe suite, UX, graphics, typography, and advertising.

Personal: Deal with personal budgets, investment, credit, loans, college; how students as individuals can deal with money.

Exploring current and historic models for local, national, and global governance.

Authentic Assessment

We have joined the Mastery Transcript Consortium, working with hundreds of private and public schools and college admissions officers nationwide to reimagine the high school transcript.

Students will exit Lark Academy with an electronic transcript and portfolio showing their accomplishments, highlighting interests, and displaying credits in a format college admissions officers and professional businesses understand.

If your goals are college, great, we will help you get there. If you want to apply your job skills immediately or start your own company, wonderful, we can help you with that, too. The world is rapidly changing and there are so many opportunities out there, there is no single path to success or satisfaction.

Now Accepting IDE Applications

Ready for an innovative and individualized high school experience?
Apply for the IDE Program today!