Living Wisdom to open school in Palo Alto

Alternative, private school focuses on individualization, meaningful learning

Students applying to a new, private, alternative school opening in Palo Alto this fall are asked not about grades or test scores but to describe the qualities they like most about themselves and admire in others. A grid titled "How do you see yourself?" asks prospective students to evaluate themselves on qualities like willpower, curiosity, open mindedness and personal happiness.

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Posted by Tall Tree
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

"Living Wisdom High School" --- someone had better research that name and make sure that Mr/Ms Wisdom was never in favor of some political no no.

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Posted by Long-time Resident
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Was it not The Ananda Church of Self-Realization in Palo Alto on El Camino Real that was founded and led by a man who called himself a swami, and who several years ago was reported to have had an improper sexual relationship with a female church-member?

The revelation caused him to leave the USA for a while, if what I remember is accurate. Please, PA Weekly, more background facts would be appreciated with this news.

Parents deserve full disclosure about this new alternative form of education.

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Posted by Supporter of Higg Caliber Schools
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:36 pm

It's a wonderful school. They learn so much more than just the academics. They learn compassion, understanding, and finding joy in learning. Feeling so blessed that my children got to attend LWS. So happy they are starting a high school to continue building on the elementary school experience.

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Posted by Kabir MacDow
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Thank you for the comments and questions. Indeed, wherever children are concerned, it is always good to proceed with awareness, so I welcome this opportunity to respond. My name is Kabir MacDow, the principal of the Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto.

To the first comment, as educators, we bring no political position or influence to our children. In fact, to do so would take us in the opposite direction of what we are striving to achieve with them. Our only concern is with the individual development each child — to support each as they strive to reach greater potentials and understanding of who they are — academically, socially, mentally and spiritually. There are many effective ways to take this journey, and if a child is interested in politics along the way, then he or she is certainly free to explore that, without any biased direction on our part.

To the second comment, in the 1970’s and 80’s, Swami Kriyananda was central to the founding of the Education for Life approach, a system based on the balanced, non-sectarian development of the whole child. At that time, few in this world conceived and manifested such a gift in the educational support of the world’s children, regardless of race, religion or background. For this, we continue to be deeply grateful, having witnessed the happy and successful fruit of Education for Life in the lives of hundreds of children and families.

Swami Kriyananda passed away several years ago, but the manifestation of his deep caring for all mankind continues on in this and many other ways. This is what we choose to focus on.

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Posted by Palo Alto Mom
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Why is it that such a wonderful school has to use the Evergreen Park neighborhood for all of their physical activity? Every day the kids run through our neighborhood, with one or two adults watching. They use our dead-end streets for games. If they are so wonderful, why the heck don't they build a playground for the kids? Also think it is a bit strange that all ages walk through the neighborhood together.
How about some activities for different age levels?
Nice job Ananda - keep off of our street - it is not a playground!!!
Completely unsafe for the kids!!!
Do the parents know???!!!

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm

My 2 sons attended Living Wisdom School, kindergarten through middle school.
It was a wonderful experience for them. They both learned to relate to other people of all ages, younger and older, with compassion and empathy. Playing together with all the age groups in the school was a vital part of their emotional development. After LWS, they both attended and did well at Gunn High School. Today one is at Cornell University, the other at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Sending them to LWS was one of the best things this parent did for them. I wish there had been an LWS High School 7 years ago.

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Posted by Navashen Jones
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 17, 2017 at 11:45 am

I currently work near the Living Wisdom School and I am amazed and inspired daily at the kindness, love, and joy that these children display. Having their teachers and guides doing their best to be living examples of these beautiful qualities has clearly made a wonderful impact on the kids.

Being quite inspired by the uplifting energy I was seeing in them, I wanted to see if there was a way to be involved and take part in that environment. I began working part-time at LWS shortly thereafter and have loved it ever since! It is so nice to experience first-hand how much energy the teachers give the kids and how the Education for Life philosophy has been put into actual practice with beautiful results. I have found that direct experience is truly the best way to know what is really happening!

I'm so happy to hear that LWS will now be able to offer a high school this upcoming year and can just imagine how many young adults will thrive in the LWHS environment!

Great job to everyone who has been, and will be, involved in this school!

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Posted by Gary McSweeney
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm

My son attended Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto years ago. He learned invaluable life lessons along with excellent academics. Of all the things I ever did for my son, I am most grateful for his 9 years at LWS. I invite anyone interested to visit the website and explore the many faceted approach to education - academics, theater, conflict resolution, or underlying philosophy. Education for Life is practical idealism at its very best! The balanced approach to education employed prepares the students to face today's challenges and make positive contributions. I encourage everyone to read Education for Life, attend one of the school plays, or attend an Open House to find out more.

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