Discover hands-on, self-paced learningTake control of your education.
Take Charge!Whether you are looking for a different way to “get through high-school” because your current classroom setting is not a good fit for your learning style, or you came here with a specific interest in an education program involving agricultural sciences, ocean sciences or equestrian programs, you will be amazed at the learning opportunities and experiences that await you here at LOCAL STEW U.
NO DESKS, TEXTBOOKS, MUNDANE WORKSHEETS OR DRILLS!
Here, you will not sit at a desk in a classroom. You will not have textbooks, repetitive worksheets and boring homework designed to drill things into you. What they call core competencies such as math, reading, and writing will be learned through various farm related and other projects, journaling and reporting on those projects. If you need a little extra help understanding a particular concept, we offer instruction as needed as well as self-paced computer programs that walk you through those concepts.
LEARN FROM MENTORS, NOT TEACHERS!
You won’t find teachers here at LSU. You will be supported with mentors and guides both on the farm and off. As we discover your passions, we will find ways for you to gain exposure in those fields through mentors and experts, even if they involve off-farm apprenticeships and experiences. On the farm, you will be exposed to animal husbandry, including goat keeping and equine science; raising, marketing and selling farm products; and experimenting with better ways to accomplish all of these things.
LEARN EQUINE SCIENCE, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, MECHANICS, WELDING & CARPENTRY, NUTRITION, AG SCIENCE, OCEAN SCIENCE, AND MORE!
This school also offers skills training. Not only will you learn to safely operate and use farm equipment such as tractors, you will learn to fix and maintain them. From diesel farm equipment to gasoline powered vehicles as well as small engines, you will learn to properly care for and repair them. Welding and carpentry, invaluable skills to have on a farm, will also be taught and used in day-to-day operations. Even if you never work on a farm again, the skills you learn here will help you make purchasing decisions for your own vehicles and arm you with the knowledge to find and work with reputable vendors in the future.
PARTICIPATE IN REGULAR TEAM-BUILDING OFFSITE ADVENTURE RETREATS INCLUDING BACKPACKING, WHITE WATER KAYAKING, ROPES COURSES, ROCK CLIMBING AND MORE.
As a student at LSU, you will participate in monthly, one to two night offsite adventure retreats. These retreats are meant to help you all learn to function as a team and to afford you an opportunity to gain wilderness experiences as well as insights into yourself. While creating lasting memories and bonds, you will learn the key elements of high-performing teams including: respect, trust, clear communication, finding common goals, commitment, and positive leadership.
If any of this sounds appealing to you and you are ready to work hard with your hands and your mind, Follow the instructions on the right to apply now!
Visit our Tuition page for tuition and payment information!
Steps to Apply:
a) Fill out the Enrollment Form,
b) submit a $50 non-refundable application fee, and
c) submit 3 letters of recommendation from someone other than a family member by mail or email.
We look forward to sharing these learning adventures with you!
Send us a 2-4 minute video introducing yourself and sharing:
1) your stand on a farming, food, ocean or conservation issue; and
2) how you think you can change this by learning with us at LoSU.
Come in and visit us! Once we receive your application and video, we will contact you to schedule an interview.
Participate in a pre-scheduled farm work day. Spend a day helping a local farmer in need and show us your pack spirit!
LoSU is a year-round day school.
Applications are taken on a revolving basis. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance within 2 weeks of their interview.