Middle and high schools for teens who want to excel on their own terms.

Welcome to the Academy of Thought and Industry, a network of Montessori-inspired schools serving grades six through twelve. We combine the best of a vibrant, rigorous liberal arts education with creativity, independence, and responsibility. We invite you to find a campus near you to learn more.

The ATI Network

The ATI program was founded 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). Michael has authored two books including The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice.

If you are interested in bringing ATI to your city, please contact Scott Taylor, Executive Director of ATI Schools.

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, Founder of ATI
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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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