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What is ATI?


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A dedicated coach to help you thrive

We focus on developing the whole person. With a combination of support and freedom, ATI enables you to define your values, set goals, take risks, and chart your own path
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Individual coaching

A coach occupies a different kind of role in a young adult's life: a coach is not a teacher, a friend, a parent, or a therapist.

A coach serves as a supportive thought partner; a practical, skill- and action-oriented companion who helps the student gain the skills and confidence they need to navigate middle and high school, and beyond.

Individual coaching
The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed. It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded.
Maria Montessori

Achieve your goals

Adolescence is a period of immense growth, when students are looking to define who they are, where they belong, and what they can contribute to a community. This is a time of goal-setting: trying to figure out both WHAT you want, and HOW to achieve it.

At ATI, every student works with a personal coach to scaffold and support this process of growth and transition.

How it works

ATI's coaching framework has been developed by trained psychologists to produce a coaching structure that is unique and powerful. It’s based on the fundamental premise that students are capable of authoring their own lives.

Our coaching framework has three core principles:

  • Self-worth: That her life is hers to live on her own terms. She is the ultimate authority on what goals she chooses to pursue, and she can listen to her own voice.
  • Self-efficacy: That she is fundamentally capable of, and responsible for, shaping and directing her own life in action. This includes the understanding that success requires work, but also a confidence in her ability to do that work.
  • Self-creation: That she is fundamentally capable of, and responsible for, shaping and directing her own psychology.

Know yourself, create yourself

Our coaching program includes a five-course series called The Examined Life. During these courses, students grapple with the fundamental questions of philosophy: who we are, how we think, and how we relate to other people and the world around us - but in a profoundly personal way, where these questions are applied directly to the student’s own life and values

The Examined Life Courses:

  • The Foundation of Thought and Industry
  • Win-Win Relationships
  • Personal Narrative
  • Theory of Enchantment (also available as a part-time course for external students)
  • Consumption of culture

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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