A School of Our Own

A School of Our OwnBy Samuel Levin and Susan Engel, Senior Lecturer in Psychology. The New Press, September 2016. Engel and her son Levin tell the story of the Independent Project, the first student-run high school in America. Levin, a high school junior who had already achieved international fame for creating Project Sprout—the first farm-to-school lunch program in the United States—was frustrated with his own education and saw disaffection among his peers. In response, he lobbied for and created a new school based on a few simple ideas about what kids need from their high school experience.