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The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders 
Engaging, Educating, and Empowering Future Leaders      

Children in early elementary grades start with direct personal experiences with time, space, and roles in society as they begin to construct knowledge of social studies, science, math, art and language. This begins with their classroom interactions.

They take walks around the neighborhood, go on field trips around the city, invite guests with varied occupations into their classrooms, act out adult roles in their dramatic play, and map out their community. 

At The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders, Children undertake many cooperative projects and have frequent interactions with peers. These situations provide opportunities to practice group problem-solving, democratic decision-making, consensus building, conflict resolution, and respect for others. Emphasis is placed on building understanding and appreciation of diverse ideas and backgrounds. 

It progresses into service projects geared towards a deeper understanding and the development of critical thinking skills and ultimately higher-level thinking.  Students are called upon to actively engage in learning by application of the material into a real life real time project.

Five principles inform our focus and speak to our educational philosophy:
  1. Comprehensive educational services- addressing all barriers to academic achievement
  2. Learners are leaders-Service learning gives them context in which to apply academic skills, at the same time developing their initiative, their habits of inquiry, and their ability to collaborate
  3. Project based- active learning is an essential factor in mastery of subject areas
  4. Teacher as coach-individual coaching supports academic achievement
  5. Collaboration is necessary to the valuing and developing of an educational system and all of its stakeholders.


The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders fosters in students an ongoing commitment to themselves and others and:

  • Provide opportunities for students to experience different types of community service;
  •  Help students gain a deeper understanding of and provide opportunities to develop their unique interests, talents, and skills;
  • Strengthen every student's commitment to the global community
  • Enhance students’ understanding of the ways community systems work, empowering them to act as advocates and leaders 
  • Support systematic instruction, in which teachers plan activities to help students acquire leadership skills and academic competency
  • Integrates project work; in which students conduct in-depth investigations of important topics and apply skills and strategies to solve real world problems, as part of the academic instruction.


IDYL School News
  • The IDYL charter school combines knowledge and application, to support increased ability to communicate ideas clearly, engage in research and synthesize information. The curriculum will challenge students to think critically, and analyze complex, and diverse concepts, and use reasoning judgment and imagination to create opportunities for themselves and community. The hands on project-based learning will accommodate varied learning styles.  Within the context of the project, students solidify learning and practice the knowledge through integrating literacy, math, science, arts, history, social studies, and leadership.
  • The curriculum’s goal is: that each student masters essential skills and areas of knowledge. While these skills and areas reflect the traditional academic disciplines, the curriculum’s design incorporates the needs of the community and the individual needs of the students to successfully participate and have a stake in their community. The curriculum will combine several school subjects into one active project and is organized to cut across subject-matter lines, bringing together various aspects of the curriculum into meaningful association.  It focuses on broad areas of study since that is how children encounter subjects in the real world—combined in one activity.  Students will examine multiple disciplines for common skills, concepts, and ideas. Students will apply the reading, writing, math, science, arts, history, social studies, and critical thinking across the disciplines. Students will make connections, pose questions, explore solutions as a means to engage in real-world scenarios and application transfer, and apply knowledge to different contexts and scenarios. Students will use multiple materials and resources, including professional experts and networks, not just textbooks. 
  • The curriculum will inspire learning through helping students draw connections from their academic lessons to real life leadership opportunities. The students will experience an extended day (8:00a.m – 6:00p.m.), and weekend and summer programming will also be provided.  
  • Class sizes will be limited to 15 students to 1 teacher. Each student will be required to participate in student governance, and conflict resolution committee as part of their course of study. 

  • The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders views academic skills and knowledge as essential tools for communicating ideas, solving problems and achieving goals, rather than as ends in themselves. Therefore The Institute For The Development Of Young Leaders’ curriculum will build skills and knowledge but will focus on higher-level thinking skills and the development of individual talent, character, and ambition. 

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1305 West Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

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