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Discover a school built for your success

The Academy of Thought and Industry is a Montessori-inspired middle and high school. We combine the best of a classical education with personalized learning based on interest, passion, and curiosity. Our programs include full-time campus and virtual options, as well as part-time and summer courses.

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Where you are capable of becoming your very best self

The Academy of Thought and Industry is on a mission to rethink education from the ground up. We want our children to be happy, and the education they receive needs to provide them with a foundation where they believe they are capable.

Our one goal at the Academy of Thought and Industry is to help each student become their very best self.

Why Teens Love ATI

Learning in My Style

"Instead of taking a (nerve-wracking) multiple choice test, I demonstrated my knowledge of the American Revolution through a play I wrote and performed." - Katherine, 13

Connecting to Industry Experts

"My Independent Study Coordinator landed me an internship with a licensed engineer. I'm getting valuable hands on experience in the industry I love." - Jackson, 18

Entrepreneurship Experience

"I fine-tuned my photography skills to break into the industry. My ATI coach helped me file and launch a now-profitable photography business." - Luke, 15
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Why Parents Love ATI

Preparing My Child for Success

"ATI is like a trade school for CEOs. Really it is much more than that, because the school inspires students with a clear trajectory toward how to make a magnificent life at the intersection of their passion and skills." Michelle L., ATI parent

Paving the Way to College

"Not only did ATI academically prepare Eliza for college, they went above and beyond to prepare transcripts and college applications that paid dividends!" Samuel T., ATI parent

Small Class Sizes

"Rather than being a face at a desk, my son is thriving in a group of 10 peers. He gets one-on-one instruction and encouragement from his dedicated guide every day." - Julia W., ATI parent

How ATI Blends Student Passions with a Classical Education

Meet JP. A junior at ATI San Francisco who doesn't have to wait until the bell rings to dive into his passions.

He is also mastering Trigonometry, Literature, and Computer Science.

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Middle and high school the way it should be

"My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from secondary school to University but of passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity and effort of will." - Maria Montessori

We are not a traditional school

Traditional schools may support rigorous study, but without considering the unique needs of a growing, changing student. Knowledge is abstracted from the real world, and students learn how to succeed in the educational system—not in life.

We are not a progressive school

Progressive schools often allow you free rein to choose your own pursuits, moving from project to project, but without that deep attention to knowledge that would fully unlock your mind’s potential.

We are the third option

ATI's program is unique: a deliberately planned and charted curriculum of foundational skills that open a greater and greater number of possible paths. Our students don’t just memorize—they understand, apply, and integrate knowledge to pursue their own passions.
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At ATI, you can choose the areas of interest you want to focus on, and set achievable goals with your coach

Gain a higher level of independence

The ATI approach

Every student is unique, so every student gets the guidance and support they need in order to flourish

Work through an individually tailored curriculum

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Reach your personal and academic goals through your own work and motivation

Grow into the person you want to become

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Collaborate on projects with ATI students who live on the opposite side of the globe

Be part of something big

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Our students complete internships, start businesses, write books, and make movies. At ATI, more is possible

Expect more

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Our staff are experts in their fields who want to share their knowledge and skills with you

Learn from experts

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Work in an atmosphere of care and support, so that you feel comfortable enough to truly challenge yourself

Unearth your potential

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Lessons in music, language, art, and performance offer endless opportunities for self-expression

Find your voice

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Make a direct contribution to the way your school is run — and have it recognized

Set your school's agenda

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Find a school, join our community

Join a vibrant community of learners experiencing real work—from internships, to entrepreneurship, to collaborating with mentors and peers around the world.

Small school communities, globally connected

Every ATI school, in-person or online, is a tight-knit community that is also connected to a global network. The network allows you to learn from industry experts, take part in unique electives, find mentors in your field, and connect with peers around the country and world.

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Experience school on your terms

Join a school community designed to support your education with coaching, small classes, and a commitment to our core values. Engage in deep study and personal exploration as a student at ATI.

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