Welcome to ATI Museum Mile
Dear Prospective Family:
Welcome to the new Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI) Middle School program at Museum Mile! We are so thrilled to now offer a continuous learner-centered experience from Guidepost Children’s House (ages three through six), through our Guidepost Lower and Upper Elementary programs (ages six through twelve), all the way through our new Adolescent ATI program (ages twelve through fifteen).
The ATI experience is unique and compelling. Our program’s Montessori foundation features both a deep understanding of adolescent development and a commitment to guide and nurture our students on their individual journeys to create lives of virtue, value and purpose. To achieve these goals, we understand that it would never work to set up institutional schooling and place students within that somewhat-rigid framework. Instead, we continually co-develop the school experience with our students as they grow and change as individuals and as a community. True ownership comes by way of including students in the design process of space, time and arrangement of learning contingencies.
Dr. Montessori’s gift to adolescent education is the visionary framework of autonomy paired with accountability. Students emerging from their middle and high school education today must navigate an ever-changing world through their ability to be self-driven, to approach problems with innovation and perseverance and to be citizens of our global society who understand how their personal choices and actions affect others. The ATI program is a guided space to hone these competencies within the school experience.
Deep learning consists of both ‘learning’ and ‘doing’—thought and industry. At ATI, we combine rigorous core learning arrangements, clustered around humanities, analytics and Socratics in which our students build the foundational working knowledge needed to engage in ever-complex, multi-disciplinary real-world projects. In addition, students experience activities under the heading “life design,” including our coaching program, which ensures personalized fulfillment of their own short and long-term goals. A rich practical life component and iterative creatives round out the exposure students require during these years to develop life-skills and to be exposed to potential interests they might want to explore further.
We know that the adolescent years can be a wonderful but challenging time for you as parents and that choosing the right program is not always an easy decision. Yet one thing is certain. By joining ATI, we are sharing your child’s middle years together, by constantly communicating and striving to make sure that his or her school experience supports and realizes the young emerging person he or she is truly meant to be!
I look forward to meeting you,
Co-Head of School, Museum Mile and ATI Program Coordinator
In 1907, in San Lorenzo, Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori had a radical idea. What if we “follow the child” and let their interests, curiosity and engagement with their environment drive their learning? What if we create an approach to education that systematizes the inputs that a student needs to follow her curiosity, independently work with her mind and her hands, and realize her inner potential?
Today ATI Museum Mile is proud to build on this educational tradition by bringing to life a Montessori-inspired middle school for engaged adolescents, serving students in grades 6-8.
Our vision is rooted in a deep belief that students — in the context of a supportive, challenging and enriching community — are capable of extraordinary learning and extraordinary work. We aspire to be a community where students thrive intellectually, emotionally, and relationally and leave ATI prepared and capable of creating lives of purpose, value, and joy.
Our vision for adapting Montessori principles to the adolescent context isn’t fanciful. It requires coordinating and aligning principles and practice. It requires thoughtful and deliberate attention to balancing structure and flexibility. It requires maintaining expectations of excellence with adaptability for how to achieve it. It requires a commitment to learning ideas, skills and practices that are foundational to navigating our world while also providing students with the space and support to pursue excellence in their unique interests and passions.
Our vision is bold and aspirational; it is our life's work. We feel lucky to do this deeply meaningful work each day alongside our students. We hope you might be as inspired as we are to pursue this vision and to join us in re-imagining what a middle school can be.
Our ATI values align our staff, students and families to a set of ideas and practices that inform and enliven how we collaborate, communicate and support each other. We aspire to bring these values to life each day in our work together.
The ATI Network
The ATI program was founded as a program designed to apply Montessori developmental and pedagogical principles to today's adolescents. Our programming is designed to connect students with the history of human thought and achievement, and to do so in a way that is personal and empowering. ATI blendsthe rigor of human arts and sciences with a creative, entrepeneurial spirit.
And today's teenagers are networked. Our national network of small schools—in Austin, San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, southern Florida, and with more coming—is connected online and extends beyond our schools. The ATI network provides a structure and space for powerful learning to be brought to our students wherever they go.
If you are interested in bringing ATI to your city, please contact Scott Taylor, Executive Director of ATI Schools.
Careers at ATI
If you're interested in a career in administration or teaching at ATI, we'd love to talk further with you. We currently have the following openings at our schools.
English, Literature, Writing and Humanities Teacher
St. Louis, Missouri | Learn More
Math or Science Teacher and Curriculum Developer
Hollywood Beach, Florida | Learn More
Math Teacher and Curriculum Developer
Anywhere! | Learn More
Name Your Own Job!
Austin, St. Louis, San Francisco, East Village | Learn More
Online Middle School Humanities Teacher
Teach from Anywhere! | Learn More