The International Schools, also called the Transition Schools, are 6-year boarding schools for teenagers from around the world.
They are called the Transition Schools because:
- On Luratia, the teenage years are known as the transition years, the 6 years between childhood and adulthood.
- A Transition School education emphasizes personal excellence, teamwork, cooperation and the values of love, which historians say is the next great planetary epoch into which Luratia is transitioning.
There are 3 Transition Schools, located on the Continental islands of Dina, Lida, and Vona.
Purpose of the Schools
The purpose of the Transition Schools is to:
- Encourage the development of mature, intelligent, and world-travelled young adults who understand the social and planetary beneficence of the basic values of human rights, gender equality, social service, cooperative competition, and responsible progress.
- Facilitate the choosing and development of a vocation.
- Foster new lines of thinking and problem solving that balance the dual interests of 1) conserving traditions and practices that have constructive and lasting value; and 2) bringing forth new and progressive perspectives and practices for the upliftment of the quality of life for all people of Luratia.
History of the Schools
In the year 2196 (104 years ago), The Continent’s National Congress passed a decree providing for an international training school designed to educate forward-thinking, service-minded teenagers from around the world. The purpose of this school was to provide an exceptional experience-based education that emphasized personal maturity, teamwork skills, and practical methods of problem solving. This school was built on the island of Dina off the south coast of the Continent.
The Dina campus was outgrown within 20 years due to the great number of student applicants. A second campus was built on the island of Lida in 2220 and a third campus was built on the island of Vona 12 years later.
First and Second Phases of Study
The 6 years of study are divided into 2 phases of 3 years each. These are called the First Phase and Second Phase.
During the First Phase, students attend the school where their native language is spoken and live with a host student and their family. The host family is native to the Continent.
Our First Phase classes focuses on basic studies and life skills:
creativity and humor
methods of decision making
During the Second Phase, students attend one of the other 2 island schools, where they become fluent in the language spoken there. They say goodbye to their host families and live in student housing, where 4 girls or 4 boys share one dwelling. As much as possible, the Residency Coordinators put the most dissimilar students together as dwelling mates for the purpose of learning how to get along with those who come from different backgrounds and cultures.
During both phases, students learn Diaafani, the language of the Continent. By the time they graduate, Transition School students will speak at least three languages fluently. Some will speak four or five. Even though holophones can translate any language instantaneously, the Continentals believe that speaking multiple languages makes a person more intelligent and widens one’s perspectives by learning how other cultures think.
During the Second Phase, studies get more interesting. Students learn about:
quantum math and science
history of philosophy and culture
evolution and application of technology
problem solving and conflict resolution
organization, planning, and management
vocational skills training