The mixed-age setting fosters collaboration and authentic relationships rather than competition. Students remain in cohort groups of mixed ages for multiple years and academic progression is decoupled from age.

Students in Lower School, Middle School, and High School are grouped in these mixed-age learning cohorts, called Independence Levels (ILs), based on a holistic review of the student. In these cohorts, students are encouraged to collaborate with one another and provide each other support. The mixed-age environment is one of the many building blocks for community development at KLS.

A chart that breaks down the groupings of students and their grade-level equivalents.

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“Students should be encouraged, at every stage of the learning process, to adopt an active stance toward their education. They shouldn’t just take things in; they should figure things out.” Sal Khan, The One World Schoolhouse