The
Claus Academy

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn" -Ignacio Estrada

The Claus Academy is a safe, welcoming, not-for-profit learning community focused on an individualized twenty-first century curriculum, community service and social justice; and strives to engage students who have difficulty learning in a traditional school environment.

How We Teach

Our 21st-century model does away with antiquated structure and topics that actually hinder the learning of our students. We recognize that our students will head in many different directions, and that the education we provide must be flexible and useful no matter where each student goes next. Rather than teach seven subjects, neatly divided into hour-long blocks, we focus on broad goals that emphasize success in personal and academic development. By teaching to these goals - a process which at times requires the use of the traditional seven subjects - we believe that students can see the value and use of learning.

Our goals for each student are:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Information, Media, and Technology Skills
  • Life and Career Skills

Our Vision

We strive to become more than just an educational facility. Ultimately, we hope Claus will become a hub for communities in Norwalk. At its core, Claus is about helping people teach and support each other. Learning happens more through interaction and hands-on experiences than through books, and since each person has unique interests and abilities, we want to build a community in which individual strengths are shared and benefit everyone.

News and Links

  • NEW!  - Claus will be closed from Dec. 23 - 26 and Dec. 31 - Jan. 2. We will be open regular hours Dec. 27 - 30. Happy Holidays and a peaceful new year!
  • NEW!  - Although we didn't win, we received over 70 votes!
  • - Read stories about our clients
  • - Sign up to receive a daily briefing on top education industry stories.
  • - View a short video that covers the basics of this important reading-improvement tool.
  • - Read about us in the Norwalk Citizen.
  • - The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that fewer than 4 of 10 fourth- and eighth-graders are proficient in math.
    [WSJ] [NYTimes]
  • - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a major input into the Claus model.
  • - edutopia's article contains many recommendations implemented at Claus.