Beyond the ATI Curriculum


Real-World Engagement

In and out of school, ATI students conceive of, design, and collaborate on projects that direct their individual skills and passions towards a positive impact in the school community, the local San Francisco Bay area, or beyond. Skills that students develop at school are reinforced and uniquely valued when directed towards specific, chosen, and personally-meaningful outcomes. The typical ATI student is seriously committed to pursuing his or her own life's goals through projects that matter in the world, and doesn't regard them as “merely” school projects. In addition to ongoing engagement in real-world work, students typically dedicate Fridays of each week to out-of-school opportunities such as internships and apprenticeships.

Flexible Programming

In order to support each student to optimize the high school years in alignment with his or her passion, a responsive and flexible emergent curriculum takes each student well beyond conventional academic preparation. While some of our students may be focused on getting into a specific college, such as Stanford or MIT, others may want to succeed as an entrepreneur or a creative professional right out of high school. When students are demonstrably committed to world-class excellence in their field, we will assist them in pursuing that excellence by facilitating connections with real-world opportunities and top-notch experts in their chosen domains. In all cases, the individual student's genius supersedes curricular obligations.


We are an exemplary community; warm, intimate, and family-like. Students feel exceptionally well-respected and safe. They are taken seriously as capable young adults who are ready for leadership roles within and beyond the community. ATI intentionally replicates naturally dynamic and interconnected mixed-age communities of a limited size to allow for the development of stable relationships and a supportive group environment.

Not surprisingly, the Center for Disease Control has identified “school connectedness” as “the strongest protective factor for both boys and girls to decrease substance use, school absenteeism, early sexual initiation, violence, and risk of unintentional injury (e.g., drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts).” In this same study, school connectedness was second in importance, after family connectedness, “as a protective factor against emotional distress, disordered eating, and suicidal ideation and attempts.”

At ATI, teens love their school community and regard it as one of the most valuable elements of their lives. ATI sees promoting the development of a healthy, caring peer community as one of its most important obligations.

To learn more about the community at ATI, check out our unique approach to building a supportive peer culture.

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

In the right learning environment, high school students are capable of much more than conventional education permits them to achieve. Teens that choose ATI are ready for responsibility and able to take ownership over their own education in a way that the control mechanisms of typical schooling make virtually impossible.

If the average high school experience just doesn't inspire your teen, consider the Academy of Thought and Industry. We're looking forward to connecting with you and answering all of your questions.

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