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Educating the human potential

A modern Montessori-inspired middle and high school network delivering a powerful education for independence, to develop curious, self-motivated adolescents who thrive in school and in life

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For thinkers and doers who can change the world

Discover a new type of school: one designed around you, to help you become the person you want to be
Union of thought and industry
A carefully constructed curriculum structured around the synthesis of thinking and doing, to support both rigorous study and independent exploration
Self-creation through work
Small class sizes and one-on-one coaching helps guide our students through academic, social, and emotional development
The joy of community
A place of co-creation, where students and guides work together to build and maintain school culture
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What is the Academy of Thought and Industry?

The Academy of Thought and Industry is a Montessori-inspired school network serving middle and high school students. We combine the deep study of a classical education with a modern approach that prioritizes the student's role in their own learning.

At ATI, students are given both freedom and support to help them excel beyond their own expectations. Our students don't just study for tests—they become life-long learners. Each step our students take is designed to help them explore their unique passions, inspire their creativity, and develop greater independence.

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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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An education designed for life

At ATI, we don’t offer just one path for academic excellence. We strive to create a total school experience that will unlock each student’s unique potential—to prepare them for the world, and to help them access that world today!

An education designed for life

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.

Experience life at ATI

I like ATI a lot more than my old school because it helped me find out what I really like to do, and it helped me find myself.
Mica M.Graduate, ATI San Francisco
In some ways, our students are extraordinary. In other ways, they are the most natural and healthy people of all: they are unusual only in that they are actualizing the potential that is perfectly, universally ordinary.
Dr. Laura MazerExecutive Director, ATI

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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