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High school for teens who want to excel on their own terms.

Each Academy of Thought and Industry high school is a high-accountability, high-autonomy learning community focused on personal, academic, and professional excellence.

About ATI

Each Academy of Thought and Industry high school is a high-accountability, high-autonomy learning community focused on personal, academic, and professional excellence.

An Individualized Education

The unique and inspired individual student experience at ATI supports each student to excel at things that matter to them.

ATI high school students enjoying time together in an ATI classroom

  • Guides

  • Students

  • Curriculum

  • Engaging, diverse experts with real-world experience

    Our guides are engaging, interesting human beings, passionate about their domains, with professional experiences beyond the classroom with which they can relate skills and content to the real world. They also serve as one-on-one mentors to the students so that students are guided holistically in their experiences during their time at ATI, including student projects and personalized advice for life after ATI.

  • Purpose-driven teens ready to use autonomy responsibly

    ATI is ideal for students who seek to gain greater control over their educational experience. Some have a definite passion and purpose. Others may simply know that they want greater autonomy to explore their interests more extensively than is possible at a conventional school. Students may use the autonomy to explore intellectual interests, creative passions, entrepreneurial initiatives, or future professional paths. The paths are as varied as are the students.

  • Intellectually rich academics combined with real world projects

    Thought: ATI supports broad intellectual exploration across the curriculum, whether in core classes (Life Design, Socratic Humanities, Math Problem-Solving), academic classes (including history, science, literature, etc.) or project-based classes (design, entrepreneurship, film, art, etc.). Industry: In addition, ATI supports the student development of concrete, real-world projects with the expectation that students develop adult-level skills or work alongside adult professional colleagues. We provide a liberal arts curriculum relevant to the 21st century.

Our Founder

Michael Strong is one of the most experienced designers of highly successful innovative school programs in the United States.

Michael Strong

An Innovative Founder

The ATI program is designed by Michael Strong, one of the most experienced designers of innovative school programs in the U.S. His past projects include Montessori secondary school program design at The Judson Montessori School (San Antonio), The Emerson School (Palo Alto), and Hacienda School (Pleasanton). More recently he co-founded KoSchool in Austin, Texas, which combines his high performance approach to AP coursework and SAT score gains with a focus on entrepreneurial and creative projects. ATI began as a next-generation version of the stellar program at KoSchool.

Our program is especially well-suited to young people who are ready to take responsibility for their own learning, and are purpose-driven, entrepreneurial, unconventional, or intellectually curious.

Michael Strong
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Is it important to you to be driven by a sense of purpose?

Some people are motivated primarily by meaning and purpose. Do you long for a greater sense of purpose? Do you wish your classes were more meaningful? Are you more motivated when you know why you are doing something? Are you interested in developing your own personal sense of meaning and purpose? At ATI, students explore meaning while also being given the freedom to focus on purpose-driven projects.

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Are you eager to get started as an entrepreneur?

We live in a Golden Age for teen entrepreneurs. When he was 17 years old, Austin Russell founded Luminar, now worth more than a billion dollars. Or perhaps you want to create an internet business or market your own fashion brand. Whatever you aspire to do, as they say in Silicon Valley, “fail faster.” Get started now. Try things out. If it doesn't work out, pivot. But get going!

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Do you like to explore your own path?

Do you like to be your own person beyond the clichés of standard high school cliques? Do you love exploring new styles, new entertainment, new ideas, new cultures, new ways of living? What if you could learn, explore, and dream widely beyond the relatively narrow boundaries of standard peer culture? If you yearn for the social freedom to be yourself, ATI may be ideal for you.

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