Students Who are Listened to with Intention Become Leaders

Transformative Experiences Need a Listening Ear. Having someone to listen, intentionally and with curiosity, deepens the experience, leading to the "aha!" moments. Those who are really listened to and are then asked good and thoughtful questions, grow to become leaders.

In each Manzanita Message, we provide a link to an inspiring video. These videos often relate to our unique curriculum, or simply help to inform our vision as a school. We encourage all parents to watch these videos. We build this community together by staying connected with the ideas, theories, and understandings shaping our school. In this short clip, one of our school’s mentors, Jon Young, speaks to a local Topanga audience shortly after the school opened in 2014.