What Are The MUSE School Five Pillars?

5 Pillars

If you’re new to the MUSE Virtual community, you may be unfamiliar with our Five Pillars. These pillars serve as the educational philosophy guiding all that we do and all that our students learn. MUSE Virtual has created standards (educational milestones) for each grade within each of the Five Pillars. Let’s take a closer look at the intricacies of each pillar to gain a better understanding of how they combine to form the foundation of a MUSE Virtual education.

Passion-Based Learning

The first pillar weaves core academics and students’ passions together in a seamless way. This allows students to gain the required and expected grade-level knowledge, but in a way that continues to fuel their passions.

Passion-based learning is a unique approach which allows students to explore their interests  within the classroom. Through research and thoughtful questions, teachers discern what knowledge students already possess about their passions and what goals the student has for their project. From there, teachers incorporate opportunities throughout the day for students to delve into projects based on their passion topic. Academic elements of science, math, language arts history etc are incorporated into the student’s passion study.  Students are encouraged to partner with mentors (experts in the field) and to gain real world experience if possible to add to their project research. The final passion project is presented at the end of each semester to the community at Culmination.


The second MUSE Pillar involves the core academics required of each MUSE Virtual student. Teachers at every grade level cover core subjects, including math, science, language arts, social studies, history, etc. Grade level knowledge is based on standards which have been approved by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

At MUSE Virtual, we recognize that not every student learns in the same way. Our teachers take the time to get to know each student on a personal level, and provide opportunities and office hours ensuring that each student is successful. Curriculum guides and standards provide foundation for teachers to follow at each grade level, however, each student and their passion can drive classroom content to additional areas of study and exploration.  Each student’s journey and grades are carefully tracked and documented in our MUSE Blueprint.


All staff and faculty at MUSE are trained in The Process Communication Model (PCM). This is an invaluable tool used in the classroom every day in the following ways:

  •  To assess, address, and resolve conflict
  • To observe and understand behavior
  • To understand how to communicate effectively
  • To analyze miscommunication in an effort to restore healthy communication

MUSE students are taught elements of the PCM tool throughout their journey from Kindergarten – 12th grade. Students use PCM to advocate for themselves, strengthen communication between peers, identify individual needs and preferred style of communication.

PCM courses are also available to parents in the MUSE Virtual community.


We define self-efficacy as, “my belief in my ability to be successful by accessing my open, resourceful, and persistent skill sets.”

Research suggests a direct correlation between a student’s belief in their ability to be successful and actually being successful. That’s why we’ve included self-efficacy as one of the five Pillars. By promoting the belief in one’s success, we’re building up our students to be the best version of themselves while also fostering their growth and development.

MUSORY is the combination of communication and self-efficacy and is practiced in MUSE Virtual classrooms daily. This is a time when students focus on their goals, learn how to navigate compassionate confrontation, participate in conversations about community issues, and more. Journal time is also a key component of MUSORY.

MUSE Virtual also offers a self-efficacy class to parents in the community so they, too, can benefit from this skill-building.


It is our mission to empower students to make choices that benefit both themselves and the world around them.

Sustainability standards in each grade level are studied and practiced at MUSE Virtual in a tangible way. Students collaborate on solution-oriented projects, attend specialized weekly classes including: Seed To Table, Plant-based Cooking with our Master Chef, Climate Crisis and Action I,II and many others,  We encourage the students to explore and examine The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN17) to make the global connection between their immediate studies and the world around them.

We believe through The Five Pillars each MUSE student becomes a leader, who understands their value, their passion, and believes in the impact they have on our planet.

 If you have any questions about how your child could benefit from The five Pillars and a MUSE Virtual education, inquire today:

MUSE Virtual School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC). For more information about WASC, please visit

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