Welcome to The Aristotle Experiment!

Let me tell you a little bit about us.


Estancia High School is a small high school located in Costa Mesa, California, just one of four in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. We have a student population of about 1,300 and a staff of about 70.

We're not the biggest school in the area; our sports teams do all right. We have an award winning Drama program and one of the most caring educational communities you could ever hope to find. But still, it's not enough.

Think about your high school experience. Think about the experience students have today. Now, imagine the educational experience of students fifty years ago. One hundred years ago. You don't actually have to try that hard. Things haven't changed much in the last hundred years of education. Now here's the good and the bad of it.

The good-the meat loaf in the cafeteria is still tasty; the bad-the jobs that our students will be competing for, the skills that they will need in order to succeed, have changed a lot faster than the weekly menu.

What our schools teach our students is good, but we need to change the context in which they learn, provide our students with opportunities to interact with the "real world" in real ways. The future of education is interactive, because that's what the jobs are in the "infoconomy". The future of education is communal, because the internet is communication. And this is what our students want! To be active. To be real. To have purpose. To interact. To have FUN!

Well, as much as you can while doing homework.

David James Conlay

Estancia High School