Trekker is a K-12 private school in St. George Utah that inspires students through purpose-driven learning.
Our school has no teachers. Only mentors. We know the difference between those words may sound trivial, but it’s a constant reminder to us that the child is the one who chooses to act, and our job is to give them the resources to achieve.
The Trekker Approach
1. Purpose-Driven Learning
Students learn academic and practical skills by applying themselves in their own interest areas. They learn skills, create work, and share it with the world through entrepreneurship.
Students develop a spiritual foundation for well-rounded growth by following their own religious tradition.
3. Free to Act
One purpose of life is to learn to act for ourselves. We must develop our own motivation and discipline. We give students far more liberty to choose than most schools would ever even consider.
It is strange to us how so many children think that learning is something to be done only at school. We have a different view. If we can create a place of learning where kids are allowed to connect their spiritual learning with their physical learning, kids will be more equipped for leaving the house, living on their own, overcoming obstacles, and being a masterful learner in all areas of their lives, including those outside of school. We would see more people capable of being good leaders, peacemakers, problem-solvers, and a more generally happy society.
Many current societal problems are due to people’s behavior. Behavior is not controlled by natural impulses alone, but it begins with belief as well. That is why we talk about and encourage our students to discover for themselves who they are and where they came from. We teach them there is value in having faith in Jesus Christ, and that it is important and possible to change for the better and to become like God.
To achieve this we ask our students to practice living certain standards. We discuss the ten commandments and developing character traits such as temperance, patience, obedience, resolution, frugality, industry, brotherly kindness, diligence, virtue, cleanliness, charity, and humility. While our students are taught these principles, they are given the choice whether or not they want to do the work to abide by these teachings.
Our systems facilitate learning to deal justly with one another and ourselves. Along with academic skills, our students are first taught and given time to practice being loving, kind, and forgiving. As they graduate to our second studio they work on solidifying their growth mindset and establishing their core for love of learning. In the third studio we expect our students to strive for excellence in their work and to obtain experience in their areas of interest. By the time they reach our fourth studio, our students have the skills and opportunity to perform for us and the community around them what they have learned and created. They are ready to depart from home and become a positive influence for good in the world.
Next Steps to Join Us
Two pages you probably should read first are our FAQ page where we address many of the common concerns and questions parents have, and the “Day in the life” page where you can see what a typical day looks like.