Verto Education
September 12, 2019

Should I Take a Year Off Before College?

Wondering if a year off before college would be the right move for you? Don’t stress, Verto has your back with a breakdown of the pros and cons of a year off (and how to get the best of both worlds).  Why You Should Go Straight to College High school is wrapping up and while…
Verto Education
September 6, 2019

Meet the Field Instructor Who…

Grew up on a Pineapple Farm Despite growing up on a former pineapple farm in West Palm Beach, Florida, Cody Ward didn’t eat his first pineapple until he was in his 30’s! “My parents told me I was allergic to pineapples, which ended up being a total lie. I think they just wanted to keep…
Verto Education
August 8, 2019

Lessons From Darwin: The Importance of Observation in Environmental Science

Course Director, Kaycie Lawson discusses the importance of observation in environmental science. Kaycie has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. Her nearly 20 year career working in environmental science has taken her to places around the globe.   “In the distant future…
Verto Education
July 31, 2019

Beyond Bananas: An Immersive Approach to Learning Latin American History

Course Director, Lean Sweeney shares her teaching philosophy and experience living in Mexico. Lean Sweeney defended her doctoral dissertation, "Stateless Space and Nationless Citizens: Tools of State-Making on the Chiapas-Guatemala Border, 1821-1899" in April of 2019 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and received a Master's in Mexican History from the Universidad Nacional…
Verto Education
July 18, 2019

So Your Child Wants to Take a Gap Year

Allowing - and even helping - students to develop a non-traditional path to follow after high school graduation is hard, even for parents of responsible children. Even for college admission consultants. I was both. Thirteen years ago, my son Ben wanted to hit the pause button before beginning college. The consultant in me told him,…
Verto Education
June 20, 2019

How to Fund Your Semester with Verto Education

Verto Education was designed to give students the opportunity to see new countries while graduating in four years at the same cost, if not less, then your typical semester of college. We do our best to eliminate anything that does not directly contribute to our students’ educational experience. That means students aren’t charged any dues…
Verto Education
June 13, 2019

Education Should Be A Treasure Hunt

Course Director, Dr. Karen Straight, shares her teaching philosophy and experience on a semester with Verto Education. Dr. Karen Straight earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and will be serving as the Course Director for Identity, Politics and Equity, Cultural Anthropology, and Global Health Fall 2019. My…
Student photos from Verto Education's semester in The Dominican Republic
Verto Education
May 29, 2019

Meet the Team: Verto Education Course Directors

The key to every successful semester of Verto Education is the team behind the scenes! Our Course Directors will serve as adjunct faculty at Portland State University and be responsible for designing the curriculum, training the teaching staff, and supervising the delivery and grading of the course. They've all travelled far and wide and think that…
Verto Education
May 1, 2019

5 Reasons Verto is #ABetterFreshmanYear

College is an amazing opportunity. It’s the one time in life when your community is made up completely of peers your own age (except for maybe assisted living, but that’s less fun). Your campus is designed solely for your personal betterment. You have access to advisors, coaches, cooks, cleaners, landscapers, and of course educators. Your…
Verto Education
April 17, 2019

What Is a Homestay? How Does It Work?

One of the best parts about spending a semester with Verto Education is getting to see everything a country has to offer. Unlike on study abroad programs, with Verto students won’t be confined to one place for the duration of their stay. Rather, they will go from the city to the countryside, and occasionally venturing out…
Verto Education
April 3, 2019

Letter from the President, Mitch Gordon

As Verto Education grows, I increasingly receive emails and questions from parents about how and why we started this bold new educational model.  At its core, Verto Education was created to provide a better freshman year for students, and make international travel a core part of the college experience. As the President of Verto Education,…
Verto Education
March 25, 2019

Verto Education on the College Admissions Scandal

In light of the recent admissions scandal, it is clearer than ever that proactive change is needed in the higher education system to create a more inclusive and accessible environment for students of all backgrounds. At Verto Education we believe that new and innovative models are essential to shifting the educational paradigm. Part of our…
Student Stories
January 11, 2019

Agriculture & Sustainability: Teaching Philosophy & Personal Credo

As a young person, who was fortunate enough to participate in alternative and experiential education growing up, I know by experience how powerful interactive learning environment can be. Stimulating educational environments where students have a physically and emotionally safe space to challenge themselves for growth are the most conducive to learning.   I still remember…

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