Cool Schools Where You’d Never Skip Classes


– [Narrator] It’s time to face the facts. School is boring. You sit there, watch
the clock, and probably never end up taking the
notes they want you to take. So you don’t remember half of it, anyway. What’s the point if the
system is so tedious? Students don’t actually learn. It’s not that they don’t want to learn. It’s just the way they’re
taught doesn’t always work. But what if I told you that
there are some unique schools in the world, that are actually cool? Really cool, in fact. Don’t believe me? Well, prepare to be amazed by
these top ten coolest schools, where you never want to skip a class. (playful music) (liquid spinning) (rubber snapping) – Amazing! – [Narrator] Number 10,
Forest Kindergarten. If you’re the parent of
a budding five year old, you’ve probably already
realized that Kindergarten has become the new first grade. Long recesses and learning through play are being replaced by six
hour days sitting at a desk. But at Forest Kindergarten,
exploration sets the pace for learning, rather than
unrealistic academic goals. Children eat, play and even nap outdoors in all kinds of weather
from sunshine to snow. If they want to climb a tree, they do. If they want to play in
that puddle, they will. Teachers are there to keep
kids safe, and facilitate. It might sound like chaos,
but building a shelter teaches teamwork and preserverance, while fashioning toys and
tools from woodland items fosters creativity, as well as strategy. Plus, nature is full of math
and science for early learners. How many snails are on that tree? Why do you think they want to eat these leaves more than those ones? The potential is endless. Number nine, Burgess High School. Burgess High School was
essentially a social experiment run by Headmaster James East. A Cambridge education had him convinced that children must first find themselves before they can or will actively delve themselves into their education. That’s why this private school in the 60’s let students as young as 12 do pretty much anything they wanted. Cigarettes were frequently
passed around in classes. Boys tore through the
campus on dirt-bikes, with helmets being optional. There was even a dog who
frequented the cafeteria looking for handouts. If they wanted to skip
class, so what, they did. The idea was that if you told
kids not to do something, it was just going to make them
want to do it 10 times more. By allowing them to experiment
in a safe environment, kids would be more likely
to come to their education on their own terms. Or get themselves killed
jumping off a tree, whatever came first. Unsurprisingly, this little
experiment didn’t last. The school was eventually shut down. Number eight, Fuji Yochien. Open seems to be the
theme for fun schools. And Fuji Yochien is no different. It might not be as
expensive as mother nature, but this Japanese
Kindergarten was created as one connected loop of classrooms. There are barely walls
to keep out the elements. The center of the ring is a courtyard, designed to foster
creative and physical play. But perhaps the coolest feature
of this school is the roof. Now, that might sound like something any building should have, but Fuji Yochien takes things to a new level. The entire doughnut shaped roof is a precisely designed
boardwalk playground. The uninterrupted loop offers
students tons of room to run, while being bare enough to encourage imaginative, cooperative play. This philosophy of allowing
kids to develop through play is carried into the fellow
Japanese school Dai-ichi Yochien. This pre-school’s courtyard was designed to collect rainwater into
a giant, shallow puddle. Imagine how cool that
would make pirate games. Number seven, Green School. This school is the brain child
of John and Cynthia Hardy. They first conceived the
idea for an off-the-grid learning center in 2006. And, with the goal of
fostering generations of ecologically minded leaders, they wasted no time
sculpting an amazing campus from the resources of
the jungles of Indonesia. It became clear when the
school opening in 2008, that going completely off-the-grid,
while still maintaining the quality of education they were after, wasn’t as feasible as they had hoped. That said, the school
is built almost entirely from renewable, locally sourced materials. Including A 60 meter, or
nearly 200 foot building, made from bamboo. The school boasts
hydro-electric and solar power, and teaches kids how to
co-exist with nature, without losing the edge of
technological advancements. Pre-schoolers up through
high school students grow their own food, while
learning about things like environmental
science, entrepreneurship and the creative arts. Number six, Makoko Floating School. Global warming is an alarming problem that can be challenging
for certain populations. For the people of the
water community of Makoko off the coast of Nigeria,
a shift in sea levels has already begun to affect their homes. So what does one do in the
face of imminent disaster? They get creative. The Makoko floating school was a project aimed not only to provide a public space for young and old people alike, but as a pilot project
that could solve the issues of this exceptional community. The floating structure
boasted three levels, and served many purposes, from
a school to a fish market, and even a movie set, at one point. Unfortunately, it did collapse in 2016, due to lack of maintenance. But the idea of floating
education isn’t new. In fact, in Bangladesh,
there are several schools of various sophistications that are built onto boats and rafts. They service children who might otherwise be isolated during the monsoon, when practically the entire jungle is flooded for months on end. Number five, Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. The Vail Ski & Snowboard
Academy is a school in Eagle County, Colorado
with the exclusive privilege of calling itself the first
public winter sports academy in the United States. Students in fifth through twelfth grade still learn everything they would at a regular middle or high school, but with flexible
schedules that allow them to hone their snow skills. Any resident of the
county is able to attend the academic half of the program for free. If you want the sports training, you have to pay a measly $7,500 per year. That might seem like a lot for skiing, but considering similar programs can cost as much as $25,000, $7,500 isn’t looking all that bad. The program is aimed more at those looking to compete in winter sports at national and even Olympic levels. So students are allowed to continue their education remotely, when a practice or competition takes them away from school. It’s certainly not for everyone, but for those with a
passion for winter sports, this school is the place to be. Number four, La Guardia High School. Okay, so you’ve got it all planned out. You’re going to be an actor or an actress, or maybe even a director or a singer. Something to do with the
visual or performing arts. If you happen to live in New York City, then you don’t have to try
and convince you parents to let you drop out of high
school to achieve your dream. La Guardia High School
is an amazing program, and one of only nine specialized
schools in the whole state funded by the New York Legislature. At La Guardia, kids get the same education they would at any other high school, but there’s the added requirement
of some sort of visual or performance based major, basically. Since the school is state funded, it’s free to attend for NYC students. However, spots are limited,
and admission is based on an exceedingly
competitive audition process. If you can get in, though,
it’s one of the best visual and performing arts schools in at least the state,
if not the whole country. Just look at the schools
alumni list, and you’ll see that it’s a school
experienced at creating stars. Number three, All Female Traveling School. Usually students have to
wait until college to enjoy the life altering experience
of a semester abroad. But the mission of the traveling school, is to give young women aged 15 to 18 a chance to see the world, and grow into culturally
sensitive, globally aware leaders. The school has a four to
one student-teacher ratio, and accepts only 16 students at a time. These lucky few will travel
with four full-time teachers to another country, and live
there for the next 15 weeks. While that can be a huge deal
for some fifteen year olds, or even your average 18 year old, the girls get to experience things most of us can only dream of. Visiting places like Africa and India. They go out, explore, and immerse
themselves in the culture. But this experience of a
lifetime isn’t exactly free. This exclusive program costs
somewhere around $27,000. And that can definitely cut out students in less fortunate situations. Even with the fact that financial aid is available for those who qualify. Number two, Witch School. No, I’m not talking about Hogwarts. This isn’t some fairy tale
fantasy genre creation. Witch school is a real thing. Seriously, is that cool or what? Just don’t expect to learn
how to levitate a feather, because this school adopts a
pagan based learning program, with mostly online
classes, and two real-life, in-person campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and get this, Salem, Massachusets. Now, as you can imagine,
the school has faced it’s fair share of
controversy and resistance from the general public. But come on, you can take classes on Wiccan and Pagan philosophies,
actual magical traditions, and gain a better understanding
of the religions themselves. It might not be learning how to transform your body into a tabby cat, and you’re probably
not going to be sending any letters out on the leg of an owl. But you’ve got to admit,
witch school is pretty cool. Number one, John Ball Zoo School. The John Ball Zoo Garden
is a wildlife sanctuary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Despite a rocky political history, the park is now a thriving
tourist attraction, and a safe place to land
for animals of all kinds. From Wallabies to the largest
alligator outside of Florida, and even a Komodo dragon named precious. Cool animals aside, what puts this park at number one on this list, is the fact that it’s also a school. Every year 60 sixth
graders from the district get the opportunity to
actually go to school there. Not only do these kids receive all the normal parts of an education, they also get to go to
specialized classes. But they don’t just listen
to some zoologist’s spiel. This school offers hands
on learning experiences in various fields of zoology. They get to take care of,
and even touch animals some of us will never see
in person, let alone handle. It’s a once in a lifetime experience, aimed at creating a new
generation of animal protectors. Which school do you wish you went to? Or maybe you’d like to
send your kid to one. Let me know in the comment
section down below. Thanks for watching. (meditative music)

100 Comments

  1. I go to a middle/high school called Encore High school. The cool thing about this school is that when you have to walk from class to class you have to walk through downtown to get to a different building. also at lunch, you can go to all of the restaurants. It's also an arts school so you can find classes that teach you how to dance, act, sing, draw, paint, etc. ALSO, THEY HAVE A CIRCUS CLASS WERE THEY CAN TEACH YOU ACROBATICS AND OTHER STUFF LIKE THAT. There are two of these schools one is in Riverside CA and the other one is in Hispania (Riverside is the only one that lets you walk in downtown. It's not a private school or a public school it is a charter school which means that you don't need to pay and you don't need to be in the district.

  2. In my school in year 1 or kindergarten 2 if you are in America we had a fun calender filled of parties and pool days all year long and we learned at the same time like the math lesson we would learn it for a few days then we would have a contest they taught us to +stuff by counting on are fingers and not in are head we had to figure out how to add in are head the Mrs asked what's 5+5 we answered it easily she asked us how to add 6+6 we didn't know how to add in are head we could only add anything that the answer is less then 10 after a few times in the contest I realised I could count in my head why does it have to be on my hand i finally relaiesd it is 12 i told the Mrs and she said it is correct and i won the round I told my freinds we could count in are head and now we can add and subtract school was fun

  3. I love my school it is natured based call Roots and Wings I’m in 6th grade and are having an hour of recess plus a half our of luch

  4. S*school is good
    C*come to school
    H*home time is the best
    O*on school I learn
    O*on school I meet friends
    L*learning is boring in my opinion

  5. I have 8 hours of school…
    Class starts at 8AM
    Then 15 minute recess at 10 AM
    12 at noon is not included because we go home
    Then come back at 1PM
    And go home at 4
    Sometimes we have seven hours of school
    Because…
    WE GET AN EARLY GO HOME SOMETIMES!!!

    And i never skip class
    Because we watch movies when class is dismiss :v
    Sometimes we go home instead unless we watched the movie before :v
    We watch animated movie for our art class sometimes…
    Sometimes we watch movie to learn "Educations of characters" :v

  6. Floating school…."Unfortunately, it did collapse in 2016". Hmm, didn't see that coming. The structure looks like it was designed and built by the the worst architect and builder they could find. Unless it was just thrown together by locals with no building skills whatsoever.

    La Guardia high school of the performing arts. "Spaces are limited". Of course, spaces are limited and very competitive to get in. Why? When it first started, I'm sure there were lots of regular students, but as it gained a name, I have no doubt that it began favoring anyone with a pedigree. IE: children of famous celebrities. So, if you have a famous parent, your chances are far better than if you are a no name. Just like we see child actors who decide to go to college getting in to colleges that most never dream of, even with an excellent background. It's who you are, who you know, or are related to, not what you know. i bet if you look at the attendees of La Guardia, 95% will be known names. If they weren't biased, anyone would have the same chance as those of pedigree. If this is the case, I'd be surprised. Anyone here attend a performing arts high school who didn't have a name advantage? If so, was it fair in admissions to everyone? "Just look at the schools ulmni list and you'll see that it's a school experienced at creating stars." You'll also see that it's a school experienced at admitting those who already have fame in the family.

    And finally, "Witch school"…"is that cool, or what?" Uhh, no! My Bible is very clear on this subject, no matter how "nice" these witches are. Sadly, far too many children are being drawn into the occult these days. It figures that Chicago would have such a school in a socialist state like IL.

  7. The school is NOT the problem, but the teachears ARE the problems!! And dome lessons that we don't like

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