"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete"
A Slideshow of Our Youth Programs
It's now time to get your children into an educational environment where they will thrive. NOLI school makes the existing model obsolete.
Many parents today view the challenges of public schools as a catastrophic disruption to their child's learning. The truth is you likely have a better understanding of what public education has become. It would be best to view this as a fresh opportunity to take your child out of the traditional education system that is not working. Now is the time to immerse them in the innovative, personalized curriculum of the Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute.
I am Brian King; I have worked as an educator for over 40 years – from pre-school to university levels. I've taught professional courses to other educators about the best teaching practices.
During my career, I had witnessed the gradual decay of traditional education in America, starting in the 1980s, when ineffective teaching methodologies and government interference began to take root.
Over the years, I have repeatedly received calls from parents of K-12 children who were concerned that their child's school wasn't preparing them for the real world. That teachers were too focused on coaching their kids to take tests rather than educating them on how to reason, innovate, and solve problems. That their kids hated school, either because they had an unusual learning style or were simply bored. Many complained that the values taught in their children's school were counter to their family's moral code.
It became clear that the traditional education system was not preparing children to be successful adults.
It became clear that the traditional education system was broken.
We created the Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute (NOLI) in 2002 as an alternative to the traditional school systems. We modeled our program after the teaching practices of other non-traditional schools that had successful track records. Over the years, Toni and I tested, modified, or discarded those approaches while continually developing our ideas. The outcome is a unique educational system that today serves as a model for other schools.
We believe that being well-educated is more than being prepared for entering the workforce or college.
We teach our students to 'learn how to learn,' pursue their dreams, and become successful adults who are adept at solving problems. However, our core mission is to craft the next generation of statesmen and women. We weave this thread into school, camps, and adult programs; these are all integrated to give the best education possible.
We are purely a private school and camps, and funded entirely by tuition. We do not accept government funding directly or indirectly. We do not receive corporate funds. We are not a not-for-profit corporation.
Therefore, we are not beholding to any other entity than the student and their parents. We are free to do what we believe is best for each student. We are not forced to teach what a bureaucrat mandates from hundreds if not thousands of miles away. Our students do not experience the roadblocks in meeting their personal goals that the public schools put in the students' path. Please understand that charter schools, though they have a bit more freedom they are still public schools.
For the same reasons, as listed above, we are not accredited. Therefore, we are free to offer a custom-tailored-curriculum administered in a manner that is best suited to the needs, wants, passions, and learning styles of each student. If NOLI were a government-accredited private school, we would have to follow their rules.
Please note: All our camps can be counted as time in school
“This is great, it is like watching a bunch of post grad students collaborating but they are 10 - 19."
(The summary of a teacher shadowing one of our mentors.)