Interview series

Who is Areté?

If you’re a curious parent like me – or a student looking for an awesome school or an educator inquiring about fresh new educational models, you may be wondering what fabulous things are cooking over at this relatively young independent micro school on the Westside of Los Angeles.

My kid just started as a high school freshman and is loving it. But truth be told, he gives me jack in details of his days at school. So, of course, I find myself wishing to be a fly on the wall – or a bird on the window ledge – listening and watching what conspires during the school day to make him so happy and engaged. Yes, the bird analogy is much better. The mama bird following junior bird out of the nest when she should be focused on her own tasks, like being the early bird to get the worm or something like that! Sheesh.

And hence, this interview series. So we can all breathe and get to know the people at Areté – the students, teachers, staff, and alumni – that make this community as wonderful as it is. Enjoy!

Nicole Schubert, Areté Parent

Nicole and Lukas

Carlos Steinkamp-Calandria, Areté Alumus 2014 and Teacher

What was your favorite moment at Areté?

My whole experience here. Some of the greatest experiences of my life happened here. Being here is one of the most fulfilling experiences one could have. As someone who is passionate about learning and growing, Areté has been one of the most fulfilling environments I’ve encountered both as a student and as a teacher.

Read More »

Justine Parkin, Areté Teacher

How are you different now from a few years ago?
I’m very different from when I first started here at Areté. I think I’ve become more confident in my teaching, especially coming from grad school where I taught German literature and philosophy. Grad school was rigorous, and here, I learned to have more fun with intellectual work. The students at Areté really help me do that because they’re serious about their academic work but they know how to approach intellectual ideas with a playfulness too.

Read More »

Camille, Areté Junior

What is your favorite philosopher, philosophical question or thought experiment?

I like Rene Descartes because last year a senior did a Symposium on his ideas of reality. The idea of existence has fascinated me since then. A very Matrix-like mindset.

Read More »