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What Do You Want for Your Teen?

by Asha Nayaswami

What are your hopes and dreams for your teen? Not just for high school, but for the whole of his or her life?


Financial security? A good job? A nice home?


Material goals are self-evidently necessary and worthwhile. But, surely, many intangibles are also worth considering, such as happiness and peace of mind.

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Reflections from Jack Dieckmann 


Good morning. We’re the parents of Joseph, who is a student at Living Wisdom High School. We’ve been with Living Wisdom for more than nine years, and our daughter now attends the K-8 Palo Alto Living Wisdom School.

Given that my professional field is education, I spent a great deal of time trying to find the right school for Joseph – I visited and studied a wide variety of schools, I interviewed the people, and I shadowed and observed.

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Reflections from Esther Peralez-Dieckmann 


I feel that the approach they take at Living Wisdom is very practical because everybody wants their child to be loved, to be safe, and to want to go to school. And we haven’t had any issues with our children not wanting to go to school, because they’ve been very excited every day about coming to Living Wisdom.
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Enhancing Academics by Developing the Whole Child

by LWHS

In high school, intellectual training is essential. It is difficult in our culture to succeed without it. But studies show that success and happiness depend to a great extent also, on human skills such as knowing how to get along with others, how to persevere, how to focus our attention, how to cooperate, and how to be a good friend.
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How We Started a High School…and How It Succeeded Beyond Our Wildest Expectations

 By LWHS 

A conversation with Nitai Deranja, co-founder of the Living Wisdom Schools
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Bringing Out the Best in Our Teens

By Helen Purcell

A mother visited our school recently to decide if it would be the best choice for her daughter. After walking around the school for several hours observing, she said, “Every private school in the San Francisco Bay Area promises to help children develop in body, mind, and spirit. They all promise to create moral, ethical people and to work with the students’ emotional and social challenges. But you’re the only school that seems to be doing it.”
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Where Our Graduates Go to College

By LWHS 

LWS alumni have graduated from various colleges and focused on a wide range of majors.
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LWHS Grads Enjoy Successful, Varied, Exciting Careers

By David Kretzmann

After graduating, I became an investment analyst at The Motley Fool, which is where I am today, helping individual investors, and evaluating companies and recommending stocks to people to invest in.
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Crash and Burn — Teen Stress in Silicon Valley

By LWHS 

A conversation with LWS director Helen Purcell and middle school teacher Gary McSweeney
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A Former Student — Now an LWS Teacher

 By Kshama Kellogg 

I attended junior college then transferred to Sierra College in Rocklin and finished my studies at Sacramento State University.
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Growing Up in the Living Wisdom Schools

By Rose Atwell

One of the beautiful things about the school was the Service Adventures. Our school motto was “service, adventure, and self-discovery.” Once a week we would serve at a women’s shelter, or at a home that took care of the elderly, or in a school for kids with special needs. Reaching out and serving was a highlight of the week for us – it made our lives so much more meaningful as young people.
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Choosing the Right High School: A Teacher’s Suggestions

By Robert Freeman

Choosing the right high school for your son or daughter is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make for your child’s future. However, selecting the best private school for your child can be somewhat overwhelming.
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Oberlin Grad Reflects on Her Years at Living Wisdom School

By Reba B.

We started meditating every morning before school..
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From Hopelessness to Hope

By LWHS 

My daughter is having a very challenging year. She came very close to taking her life this spring and giving up.
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