Schoolcraft Learning Community was founded in April 2000, opening our doors to 120 K-8 graders looking for a new way to learn, partnering with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound and passionate teachers and staff to provide it for them. We have grown and changed a little each year to become the vitality filled learning community that we are today. We enroll approximately 180 students and employ approximately 30 dedicated staff.
Schoolcraft Learning Community is based on a shared conviction that enthusiasm and rigor are compatible and that students learn best in small group settings emphasizing individualized instruction, project orientation, and teamwork. We believe that local environment, culture, and history provide a bridge to global perspectives, a rich source of experiences and material. Students should be encouraged to become significant contributors to their community.
Schoolcraft Learning Community exists to help develop individuals to be self-directed, lifelong learners who have the skills and knowledge to confidently and compassionately navigate in the world.
The vision and mission of Schoolcraft Learning Community emphasize the fact that development of personal character for our students is as important as academic growth and that, in fact, the two go hand in hand to build confident compassionate lifelong learners. Since its inception in 2000, Schoolcraft has been recognized for providing a supportive caring environment for learners – a place where students have the opportunity to build relationships with other students across grade levels, a place where they are encouraged to express their ideas and show what they know through arts-embedded academic work, a place where they are challenged by engaging expedition work that results in high quality products, and a place where students are able to access the resources of the greater Bemidji area and beyond as they grow as global citizens.