Transdisciplinary Leadership Program (TLP)

The Transdisciplinary Leadership Program (TLP) empowers students to draw from their full range of skills, experiences, and areas of knowledge to understand and address complex challenges that face our communities.

Transdisciplinary learning best reflects the ways in which our students will engage in an increasingly connected and complex world, where ideas and problems are rarely approached alone or through a single lens. Rather than beginning from a discipline or subject, transdisciplinary learning begins with a complex, real-world issue that requires nuanced thinking and approaches. Students delve deep into the issue, recognizing and exploring different viewpoints, approaches, and impacts of it before diving into their own projects.

How does it work?

TLP is an innovative, application based program for students in their senior year. Students collaborate to practice core leadership skills while actively engaging in projects that seek to create a more just, sustainable, and beautiful future for their communities. The heart of the Transdisciplinary Leadership Program is a double-block course, which focuses TLP students on particular community challenges. In their courses, students explore the nuances and perspectives of a social issue and then respond to it in partnership with outside organizations. The 2024-2025 school year will offer two TLP courses:  "Climate Justice: Science, Culture, and the Stories We Tell about Climate" will examine the scientific and cultural roots of climate change and explore how climate justice is a human rights and social justice issue, and "Government and Technology: Reshaping Society in the Digital Age" will interrogate the role of digital technologies in our personal lives, our communities, our governments, and our society.

2024-2025 TLP Information and application

Important Dates

  • March 25, 2024: Applications Due by 5:00 p.m.
  • April 16, 2024: Applicants Notified
  • August 19, 2024: TLP Leadership Retreat on Campus (9-3)


Richard Masland

Richard Masland

Design, Tech, and Curriculum Innovator
Betsy Muir

Betsy Muir

History Teacher, TLP Coordinator

The best thing about this class is you aren't just learning about what you "can" do to make change, we actually go out into the community and do it.

TLP Student '23