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Chelsea Enos

History the Areté Way:
Interview with History Teacher, Chelsea Enos

Like with all classes at Areté Preperatory Academy in West L.A., history is taught in a unique fashion, offering students the chance to dive deep based on personal curiosity, explore from a plethora of angles, make discoveries through a host of lenses, and engage and play with ideas to build bridges from the past to the present as if on an adventurous trek with friends. Indiana Jones would approve!

Small class sizes, seminar-style learning, a philosophical approach, artfully designed classes by creative teachers, and happy, engaged students make it all happen.

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Max N Alumus

Max N., Areté 2014 Alumnus

How did your education make your life better?
I had a horrible experience at every school before Areté. The worst was middle school. This had to do with the way public schools were overcrowded and underfunded, as well as all the tests and not having relationships with teachers and always being disciplined.

I was always a very curious person, and I loved learning but I can’t remember learning much of anything in those kinds of environments. Many curious but unconventional learners end up thriving at Areté.

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Leah, Areté Senior ’20

How are you different now from a few years ago? I am different now than I was before. It started at Areté because I learned to question things and not to believe everything that I think, hear, see, etc. Areté taught me that “why” or “how” should be the first things said when you have new ideas. I also learned how to respectfully debate a topic with someone who does not agree with me and the fact that a debate is not about winning but about educating.

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Teacher Mentoring A Senior

Jeffrey, Areté Senior ’20

How does your education make your life better? I love learning. My mind is constantly soaking in everything possible. I’m always trying to integrate the material. Learning about various schools of thought helps me understand and organize the information. I like the education at Areté because they emphasized learning about different philosophical perspectives especially in the great ideas classes. I really liked being asked about my points of view in the process as well as learning how my peers incorporated their own views as well. I feel I’ve made friends at school and discussing these issues with them in class allowed me to appreciate them in more depth.

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Zane, Areté Senior ’20

What was your Senior Master Thesis about? Does death matter?

Why is this important to you? I think if you do anything in your life the most fundamental thing is to conduct your death in a sensible way.

Why would this be important to others? It hopefully encourages them to explore things about their nature and existence. It’s important because death is the only guarantee in your life. It’s the only thing you can count on happening.

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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.

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