Build your own future.
You are unique.
Your education should be, too.
TreeFort Teens offers a new way to experience your high school years. Our learning environment is focused around projects, passions, peers, and play. When you first join our center, you start by observing and trying new things. You then work with your Advisor to design a customized program that grows with you as you explore who you are, who you want to be in the world, and how to set yourself up for success in early adulthood.
Each of our learners creates a unique path within four core domains.
Advisory is at the heart of TreeFort. Our learners start each day in Advisory, where they get to know each other and themselves through structured activities, community service, and fun and games. Once per week, Advisors conduct in-depth check-ins with each learner to ensure their needs are met, make a plan for the week, document learning, and celebrate successes. Advisors also communicate with parents weekly or more frequently, if needed.
We believe in learning by doing, and, even better, learning by doing a project you designed yourself. Whether it's competing on an Odyssey of the Mind team, preparing for a 4-H Exhibition, conducting a scientific investigation, or making videos for YouTube, we encourage TreeFort Teens to apply their skills and creativity to the things they care about. We typically have dedicated project time for two hours every morning.
Classes and Skills
TreeFort offers a variety of classes, tutorials, and independent studies during the afternoon hours. We also encourage learners to find their own classes online, at their local high school, at Great Bay Community College, or anywhere else in the Seacoast community. Whether it's learning Algebra, perfecting your jump shot, writing a resume, or learning techniques to manage your emotions, we believe all skills have equal value, and we work with teens and their families to figure out the next elegant step for each learner.
Jobs and Internships
We believe in learning by doing, and what better way to prepare for the world of adult work than by trying it out? Whether it's bagging groceries or interning with a climatologist, we help our learners find, get, and keep jobs and internships of interest to them.
We believe in radical inclusion.
At TreeFort, we strive to move beyond allyship and become co-conspirators in advocating for equity for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and neurodivergent individuals. We dream of a world in which all humans are valued for who they are and are given the individualized support they need to grow into their best selves.