Rethinking Education 

The Forge is a new model of at-home and boarding education optimized for self-motivated students who thrive when given freedom.

The Forge applies a PhD-level attitude toward knowledge acquisition to K-12 education through a first-principles approach.

The legacy education system was designed a few hundred years ago as a factory to mint interchangeable colonial administrators with a uniform worldview and skill set. It has only undergone iterative change since.

The Forge was designed from the ground up to motivate self-directed learning and cultivate a community of future world leaders.

How the Forge Works

We do not educate; we facilitate education. 
While not for all students, we serve as a tool that helps self-motivated learners reach new heights.

Self-Directed Learning

Students, informed of skills that must be mastered in order to proceed to the next level, study subjects on their own terms, working with specialist tutors and abundant resources selected by domain experts. When ready to advance, students schedule assessments.

Focus on Real World Skills

While we offer traditional domains of study like math and history, we don't privilege them over subjects with practical application. These include skills such as sales, coding, engineering, social dynamics, emotional mastery, self-discovery of purpose, and the development of an intentional, unique identity.

Empiric Testing

Wherever possible, The Forge utilizes real-world accomplishments to measure students' progress.
For example, a student's writing score may be judged by actual online readership and interaction with their piece rather than the whims of an arbitrary authority figure. 

The Forge offers an adaptive boarding model in addition to its home-based program. The model allows students to join and leave as is convenient through the year—something that is possible because the boarding school group uses the same curriculum as those studying at home.
Rather than maintain a static campus, we travel with our students every few months to explore new cultures and ways of living. 

Expert Interaction

A cornerstone of the Forge's education philosophy is that the smartest, most ambitious kids are peers among best-in-class adult leaders.

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    We maintain a network of leaders in various domains who are eager to collaborate with our students on projects, ranging from peer-reviewed research to the launch of new nonprofits.
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    When a student's interests do not overlap with one of our community's existing experts, we work with the student to learn how to identify and contact world-class experts. 
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    As students become experts themselves, they will undertake greater responsibilities, becoming our peers in the educational process by tutoring others and building new courses.

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About our founding team

Simone and Malcolm Collins have operated companies on five continents that collectively pulled in seventy million dollars annually, raised a PE fund, directed strategy at top, early-stage VC firms, written three bestselling books, and earned degrees in neuroscience, business, and technology policy from St. Andrews, Stanford, and Cambridge. 

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We don't just prepare kids for the
"real world";
We give our students the tools to conquer it