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Fitting together the pieces of a life well-lived


Not just what you learn but who you are

Exploring and developing one’s intellectual and academic capabilities is an important part of a fulfilling life journey, but it is but one part of any child’s life-lived experience. The richness of that experience as a whole depends on skills that are all too often left to chance in traditional educational environments, including the ability to identify our passions, find common ground with others, build fulfilling relationships, identify and foster community, appreciate and express our own emotions and monitor and manage our body needs.

At Cajal Academy, these skills sit right alongside reading and math as primary components of our curriculum. We start by understanding each child’s current strengths and weaknesses across their entire profile, including a separate and specific assessment within each of six pillars of our “Whole Human” curriculum, including Academic Scholarship, Community & Leadership, Body Sense, Social & Communication, Emotional Health and Agency. Scaffolded curriculum standards within each of these core pillars are individualized for each child’s specific needs. These standards are then integrated across the various pillars into core academic and classroom activities, using the standards-based Project-Based Learning framework developed by the Buck Institute for Education.

Find out more about the six pillars of our curriculum below.


The 6 Pillars of our “Whole Human Education” Curriculum:

School shouldn’t just be a place where we learn to read, write and do math. It should be a place where we learn to be our best selves, so we can determine our own futures in the world that is yet to be.
— Cheryl Viirand, Cajal Academy Co-founder

Cajal Academy launches in fall, 2019!

A neuroscience-driven, innovative program for twice-exceptional kids and their peers. Now accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2019-20 school year.


What Makes Cajal Academy Different: