Real school is where kids can connect with teachers, laugh, gossip and confide with friends. It’s where kids attend robotics club, unpack emotions during group mentoring sessions, and support peers going through hard times. It’s where kids can test their values and beliefs against those found in the novel “Siddhartha” versus “Things Fall Apart” or other major works of literature. It’s where students’ academic strengths and perseverance are celebrated during monthly awards ceremonies. It’s where kids can get a hot lunch or pick up a game of touch-football on the empty lot across the street and then talk about it the rest of the day. When it’s working right, real school is a place where kids feel included, encouraged, nurtured and valued as they learn and grow.