Mosaic is designed as a two year experience for high school juniors and seniors, although seniors may enter the program for a one year experience. The curriculum is project-based, integrating English, social studies, art appreciation and cultural studies. Students receive one credit each for English and social studies and one-half credit each for cultural studies and art appreciation.
The assessment of each student’s performance will be based on portfolios, presentations, and other products that demonstrate the student’s learning. Other criteria that will be incorporated into the assessment are how well the student uses and manages his/her time, how well the student works with others on group projects, and how the student demonstrates responsibility. Mosaic facilitators assign letter grades at the close of each district’s grading period and reports them to the appropriate school personnel.
Students attend their district high school in the morning or afternoon and Mosaic for the other part of the day.
In the spirit of community involvement, Mosaic classes are held at a “mobile campus” which includes Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio State University, First Congregational Church, Wexner Center for the Arts and the Columbus Museum of Art.
The student’s family is responsible for assuring that daily round trip transportation is provided for their student. While students are permitted to drive, we strongly encourage the “buddy system” when traveling.
My experience in Mosaic changed the way I viewed my education. I learned that if I was a proactive I could get what I wanted out of school. Mosaic taught me that education is not about a degree, but a lifelong passion for learning.
Mosaic inspired something inside of me. I put myself into every thing that I do. I connect to things I never would have before. I am confident, I look for challenges, I go the extra mile, I feed my passions, and I am continuously looking for new experiences and opportunities.
It made me want to make a difference in the world around me.
I am more confident, I am a more adventurous learner, and I have better time management and studying skills. I am more likely to introduce myself and communicate with my professors.
I learned more in one year at Mosaic about time management, planning for the future, and how to be successful in life than I did in my four years at my high school.
I learned to be a self starter, became much more culturally aware, socially informed. My leadership abilities were strengthened and I learned to walk to the beat of own drum with confidence.
Mosaic has given me the skills to manage my team members as a watch specialist at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, the highest volume store in the company.
Turns out the project organization of Mosaic was very similar to the engineering world!
It left me with a sense of having an infinite number of options in my future.
Traditional high school would never have made me into the person I am now and I am happy everyday that I was a part of Mosaic.
More than anything else Mosaic provided me with a love of learning and the tools necessary to see the intrinsic good in people.
Mosaic that has helped me was discovering my passion for learning. Being able to think beyond the grade and realize that learning something for myself can be satisfying and empowering has been my biggest source of motivation though out my college career.
I am so much more confident after leaving Mosaic. It felt great to go to a school where the teachers actually knew my name, genuinely cared about me and made sure I was accounted for. I learned how to work hard not for the grade, not for my parents, but for myself and because I wanted to be successful.
I would have had a lot of trouble getting through the remaining portion of high school without the ideas Mosaic has to offer concerning learning.
Mosaic opened my eyes to the people and culture of Columbus…and subsequently the rest of the world! Mosaic taught me not to be afraid to explore my passions and purpose.
Mosaic also offered me an out from traditional high school that I sorely needed.
I cannot stress enough the value of programs such as Mosaic.
The ability to think critically and creatively. The courage to attempt to change the world.
My phone is now full of New York Time Apps, TED Apps, and NPR Apps.
I became a better writer and learned that writing is re-writing (there is always room for improvement). I got into a great college and now have an amazing career. The teachers at Mosaic have inspired me to teach in the future.
A place to learn more about my creativity.
It has also allowed me to become a better and well-rounded individual as well let me know I have my own voice.
I grew into my beautiful self – the someone who was always there, but was afraid to blossom. I finally became me and finally became free.
Promoted cooperation and teamwork. Helped me improve my public speaking and writing skills.
I love Mosaic and continue to see the benefits of my experience years later.
I don’t even know where to begin. Mo made me comfortable in speaking my mind and collaborating with others. It opened me up to a whole new way of viewing and understanding the world. It taught me that, while it is good to ask questions, it is best to seek answers.