Building 21 is a nonprofit organization that is reimagining secondary schooling to meet the needs of all learners.
How We Work
Building 21 partners with school districts to design, launch, and operate innovative schools. Our district partners grant our lab schools flexibility and autonomy to pursue the Building 21 vision. We collaborate with our school leaders and staff to realize communities rooted in personalized, competency-based learning, strong relationships, and adult development.
Through our Affiliate Program, we work with schools and districts that are transitioning to competency-based education. Our affiliate model provides schools with our competency-based LMS, customized data dashboards, technical consulting, leadership coaching, and teacher professional development.
We create and curate a library of open resources to support a community of educators in their search of transformative tools and design inspiration. This practice embodies our core value of transparency, providing aspiring CBE schools a place to begin their journey.
Our Learning Model
Personalized Learning Pathways
Students’ own strengths, interests, and passion shape their pathway across foundation and design years toward college and career readiness.
Every student is known and understood – this provides the motivation, safety, and confidence that students need to discover and pursue their passions.
Students learn through inquiry and problem-solving, then apply the lessons to make an impact on school and community.
Real-World Learning Experiences
Learning takes place in and among the larger community, through career- connected studios, mentoring, internships, and more.
Continual assessment ensures that students progress toward mastery of competencies and receive the right level of support.
Building 21 Philadelphia is a non-selective competency-based public high school in the School District of Philadelphia. It is located in North Philadelphia just outside of Temple University’s main campus.