Based on seven principles of all civilization called the "Nguzo Saba" or first fruits. These seven principles will be the guiding character focus for each year and each students journey based learning experience.



Journey Based Learning is an approach to education that values "learning to do" and "learning to be" over simply "learning to know".


At 7PCA each year the school, teachers, and students will create the "Journey" for the year. This is the overarching question that each student's individually developed project will seek to answer, and will be answered by every content area. An example of a student's journey and how their pillar will support that journey is listed below.


* 6th Grade- Umoja- Unity: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

       *  Example Project SS/Science/ELA/Math:

       The symbolic relationship of Prathia Hall and Barack Obama and how it helped unite the country. 


* 7th Grade- Kujichagulia- Self-determination: To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

          *  Example Project SS/Science/ELA/Math:

                Get off the Grid-providing free power as part of reparations. 



* 8th Grade-Kuumba- Creativity: To do always what we can, in the way we can, to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than the way we inherited it.

           *  Example Project SS/Science/ELA/Math:

                 Community Gardens-a retake on sharecropping


* 9th Grade- Ujamaa- Cooperative Economics


* 10th Grade- Ujima- Collective Work and Responsibility


* 11th Grade- Nia- Purpose


* 12th Grade- Imani- Faith



4 Foundation Questions of Journey Based Learning

1. Who am I and where am I going?

    You are a hero in training seeking your powers or special gifts that you are   

    passionate about and will help

    improve the world.


2. What skills do I need and which schools should I master?

    Identifying the skill sets that are foundational for any career such as, reading, 

    writing, and arithmetic while

    also mastering the skills that strengthen your identified gifts and better prepare

    you to be a “hero for your community”.


3. Who will affirm me and hold me accountable?

    Ensuring teachers are “Masters” in their content to help students identify their

    gifts and passions and to

    ensure they have the skills to carry them through. Our teachers must believe that          EVERY student who enters their environment is a genius and it is their duty                to help identify their areas of genius.


4. How do I prove what I can do?

   The presentation of all of your content specific mini-projects that combined     

   displays the “journey” of our learning for the year!


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