The Living Wisdom High School Approach to Joyful Learning
The fundamental characteristic of the LWHS program is that each student is appreciated as a unique individual on a life-long journey of learning and development. School staff and peers, family and friends, are all a part of this journey, along with the individual’s own set of strengths, challenges, interests, goals, and inspirations.
Every student, in partnership with a mentor and faculty, designs a personalized, balanced program with experiences in self-discovery, academic excellence, creativity, connections with others, and service-learning adventure. In this way, young people take charge of their education, engage deeply in personal development, and experience the joy of learning.
An Education at Living Wisdom Includes:
Avenues of Learning
Avenues of Learning
Body and energy strengthening exercises, positive habits and skills for healthy-living, hygiene, sports, physical education, diet, etc.
Mental Engineering Through...
Concentration, positive attitudes, solution-consciousness, will power, positive thinking, development of memory, creativity, even-mindedness, learning from challenges and failures, self-reliance skills, time management, public speaking, etc.
Community Development Through...
The art of friendship, social-learning projects, non-violent communication, respectful dialogue, and maturity through empathy.
Inner Strength Through...
Balanced living, centeredness, joyful self-discipline, positive habits of mind, yoga, meditation, expanded awareness, and development of intuition, etc.
Personal Passions Project
Personal Development Courses
Students engage in meaningful discussions, self-reflective writing, creative projects, and service-learning in the local community. They also develop skills such as non-violent communication, emotional intelligence, self-compassion, and practical life skills (finances, resumes, cooking, etc). Overall, it is a place to build community, have fun together, and realize one's highest potential.
Clubs and Athletics
LWHS is a member of the Bay Area Small School Athletic League (BASSAL). Annually, sports are offered to both middle and high school students which may include but are not limited to: dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, ping pong, cross country running, & karate.
Meet the Team
Talya is thrilled to be a Spanish teacher at Living Wisdom School. Fostering self-efficacy and ensuring her students' needs are met so they thrive are always at the center of her work. Her hope is that her students leave her classroom feeling accomplished and with a new appreciation for Latin American and Hispanic culture.
In addition to classroom teaching, Talya has been a gymnastics instructor and competitive-cheerleading coach to children ages 3 - 14 for the past thirteen years. She still dedicates her time to this role after school and in the summer.
Spending time with loved ones is Talya’s favorite way to spend her free time. She enjoys traveling, going to the beach, crafting, celebrating her culture and learning about others, and eating her grandmother’s delicious Mexican dishes.
Dejana Becker, Ph.D.
See what our
Students & Parents Say
I certainly attribute my love of learning and confidence in myself towards my foundation in Living Wisdom. I was also taught that as people, we really do have the autonomy to choose our own happiness, and I try to remind myself of this every day. However, it is curious how many students I see in college refusing to do this.”
- Hadley, alumnus