Our Vision:

To cultivate children’s love of learning, motivate individual voices, and encourage respect and involvement in their community and the world.

Our Mission:

To empower our children to become passionate, creative learners by fostering an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to education. To ensure an environment of respect and collaboration that builds self-esteem, promotes academic excellence, and gives young people the skills and confidence to navigate life’s challenges.

Guiding Principles:

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“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

The following are book excerpts from The Passion-Driven Classroom: A framework for Teaching & Learning by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold, 2011.

 Passion: The Latin origin of the word comes from “passio,” or suffering. Suffering pain is a very real part of it and one of the reasons many people are not willing to expose themselves to it. Passionate learners combine fun, playfulness, and discipline and, at the same time, accept the necessity for endurance and perseverance.

Passionate Learners are:

  • Fiercely driven
  • Determined to be excellent

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Our Ideal Education Environment


The outcome of our first meeting August 2012 resulted a brainstorm of what we envision as our ideal learning environment. This is the list we generated:

Our Ideal Education Environment

  • Have small school size; physical layout, number of students.
  • Empowering the children, active learning.
  • No teaching to the test.
  • Show positive respect for relationships with a sense of equality.
  • Bring in Nature, outside learning through entire education career.
  • Create passion for learning.

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Learning is not just about the academics or what educators refer to as the cognitive learning domain. A wholistic education also includes the affective (social-emotional), and psychomotor (motor-physicals skills) learning domains.” -Alfie Kohn

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Learning is not only an individual affair, but includes learning from others by understanding the importance of interdependence and the emotional well-being of individuals making up the community.” -Alfie Kohn

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As much as we know the value of a STEM education, we also believe that the Arts and Music are also very essential.

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Solving problems requires that individuals work with each other in a manner where all contribute according to their strengths.

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“Students actively participate in constructing their own learning process. This may include contributing to the curriculum, asking questions and looking for the answers, thinking of possibilities, and evaluating their own learning and their teachers. The emphasis is on active learning rather than passive learning where material is taught to students who are seen solely as ‘empty vessels.’” -Alfie Kohn

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Although standardized testing is a requirement for all public schools, we admit it has had a negative influence in education. What is a better way to assess?

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On Saturday, October 19th, CAPE is hosting another family fun day fundraiser. The event will be held at the LaRose Wellness Retreat located on the shores of Lake Superior along Keweenaw Bay. CLICK HERE for a map of the location. From 3:00 – 6:00 pm, many children activities have been planned including: face painting, fairy house building & natural crafts, cider pressing, hay ride, sensory game station & much more! Starting at 6:00 pm, we have Live music, dancing and a bonfire.

The money raised will go towards the $300,000 needed for our building remodeling.

November 9th update: The event was enjoyed by everyone that could join us. We raised over $850 and met a lot of new friends. Thank you for your support.

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Our community outreach continues with a Public Forum scheduled at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3rd. This is a question and answer session with Susan Nielsen and Chris Anderson to help address any concerns from our community. Click here for our announcement flyer as a pdf and below as a jpg file.

CLICK HERE to view the powerpoint presentation on YouTube.

CLICK HERE to download the powerpoint file.