Syllabus

ASSESSING THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL

Upon enrollment, each student is assigned a counselor who assesses their desires, gifts, capacities, and understanding. Each area of a student's needs is discussed and addressed. According to the state of each student, and in conjunction with the goals each student expresses, a curriculum is designed and prescribed.

NOT EVERY STUDENT IS AT THE SAME PLACE

Some students need a more handheld approach. The students may be enrolled in a curriculum where they get assigned to certain classes and structures. Other students might require a more self-directed approach where they are given access to a set of opportunities, and pick and choose their way forward.  If a student knows what they want to accomplish or achieve, our job is help them find their way.

UNIQUE NEEDS WILL BE ADDRESSED

Sometimes developmental challenges hold students back. We match each student to the best means of helping them get from where they are to where they want to be in accord with our methodology and philosophy.

The goal ultimately is to help students not only overcome challenges, but to discover and freely engage with their distinctive idealized purpose unencumbered, at their own pace, and in their chosen way.

INTEGRATION IS ESSENTIAL

We are not only interested in helping connect students to the subjects that genuinely motivate them, as well as the ideas and principles that undergird their pursuit; we also wish to provide them sufficient opportunities to apply what they have learned in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. In doing so, we facilitate personal integration of the knowledge they are learning under our care.

COMMUNITY IS KEY

The network surrounding the Thirdofeight Institute is an important part of what makes it work. Each participant contributes an invaluable perspective, and each student has needs that no single person can provide.

Each contributor works with the respective gifts he or she has in order to assist those students who wish to grow.

Whether it be in helping tap imagination, demonstrating appropriate routines, coaching with transitions, or helping an individual navigate personal healing, we recognize the unique roles needed to help each unique member of our community. 

MENTORS ARE A LIFELINE

At the start of their path, students are assigned a counselor who helps students find a mentor. Many mentors will play a role in their longterm development. Community members fill a role as mentors, whether teachers, counselors, or professionals.

WHATEVER IT TAKES

Whether it be in discovering one's spiritual tradition, connecting to reliable employment, exploring subjects of interest, overcoming emotional difficulties, or expanding personal skills and abilities, each student receives requisite individualized attention wherever they are at.

No matter the state of the student, through our system, we provide exactly what the student needs by way of opportunities, teaching, autonomy, counseling, therapy, or principles in order to help them discover, pursue, and become their best selves.