The Human Experience (THE) Orlando is a 501(c)3 private, extended year middle school located in Orlando, FL.
The Human Experience prides itself on being a “public” private school, meaning students will be selected to attend on a first-come, first-serve basis. As a result, THE’s student body will be made up of students of all academic and social abilities. This approach to student selection underscores THE’s belief that all students can successfully learn and feel loved in a school environment, regardless of their academic, social, or emotional background. THE desires to intentionally resemble public schools in enrollment procedures, student funding, and testing measures in order to positively influence other schools in the county, state, and nation.
Students will attend THE on scholarships funded by individual donors and state programs, most notably the Florida Step Up Scholarship and the John M. McKay Scholarship, among others. It is important to note that every family is required to pay a portion of their student’s tuition based on a sliding tuition scale that factors in the number of dependents in the home and family income. In THE’s inaugural year scholarships, donations, and student tuition will be the primary sources of funding.
One of THE’s most attractive features is its status as an extended day, extended year school. THE students will have a longer school day than traditional schools (8 A.M. to 5 P.M.) and attend school an extra 27 days each school year, giving students and teachers adequate time to repair learning gaps, increase student achievement, and participate in special programs.
Our instructional staff is composed of two highly qualified, state-certified teachers who will also serve as lead administrators. Two state-certified paraprofessionals will provide classroom support during the morning and afternoon. An office manager position will encompass all secretarial and bookkeeping duties.
Above all, THE will be student-centered and designed with family in mind. Our teachers are committed to working long days and long years in order to provide our students with the best opportunities for future success. High academic standards and personal discipline will be stressed on a daily basis, but each student will come and go knowing he or she is loved beyond measure and valued as an important part of the organizational family.
Each year THE plans to add a new grade level, starting with the middle school and then expanding to include a high school and an elementary school. By our ninth year THE hopes to service 360 students and their families in grades K-12.
For more information about our one-of-a-kind school, please read our donor prospectus: