Since 2002, Envision has been transforming the lives of students through its acclaimed and nationally replicated Portfolio Defense assessment model, which authentically measures the most important things students need to learn in order to succeed in college and career: academic content, leadership skills, and deeper learning competencies such as reflection and growth mindset.
Every Envision student, in order to advance from 8th to 9th grades, from 10th to 11th, and ultimately to graduate, stands before a panel of teachers, peers and community members and demonstrates how and why they are ready for the next academic challenge. In a masters-like defense, they tell the story of their education journey and respond to critical questions from the panel. Our students are empowered to reach higher and go farther, to set educational goals for themselves, persist through challenges, and succeed on their chosen paths of college and career.
We’re proud of our students and schools–and we want to have an even bigger impact. In 2010 we created Envision Learning Partners, a consultancy that works with progressive teachers and school leaders to transform the educational experience for students across the country. ELP helps schools and districts create excellent learning communities and develop engaged, well-prepared learners. Learn more about how we are sharing the Portfolio Defense model with educators across the nation.
Our three Bay Area schools (listed below) are characterized by strong teacher-student relationships, vibrant college-going cultures, and engaging project-based learning.