We learn most effectively when we are in charge of our own learning and when we are pursuing the goals that we hold most dear. A core design principle of our program is to maximize student autonomy in the context of clearly-defined standards of accountability. In consultation with mentors and parents, students identify and set inspiring and specific personal, academic, and professional goals. Each student is mentored and supported in the achievement of these ambitious and personally-meaningful goals.
Our Socratic Humanities program is highly successful in engaging students intellectually. It is designed to provide students with the tools to develop advanced reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through active participation in socially- and intellectually-stimulating conversations. ATI students at every grade level are immersed in deciphering, responding to, and discussing sophisticated prose, so SAT verbal gains that are significantly higher than annual averages are the norm. Most AP courses—including science courses—also require the college-level reading and writing abilities that our Socratic Humanities program develops. This uniquely inspiring core ATI program offers the foundational skills necessary to master both verbal SAT and AP test achievement.
In parallel with the standard linear mathematics sequence (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus), students engage in regular individual and collaborative mathematical problem-solving exercises designed to improve performance in the application of mathematics to real-world problems, as well as on the SAT. Students develop mathematical insight, originality, and the ability to use quantitative reasoning to understand the real world. Because ATI students at every grade level are focused on thinking mathematically rather than simply covering the linear mathematics curriculum, SAT math gains that are significantly higher than annual averages are the norm.
College admissions committees respect students who score well on AP exams. At all grade levels, ATI students have the opportunity to prepare for AP exams in their chosen subjects. AP exam prep options include World History, U.S. History, European History, Literature, Language and Composition, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology.
The most sophisticated skillset necessary in the 21st-century workplace is the skillset that's involved in managing oneself and working effectively with others. Professionals in every field will be faced with constant change in unstructured environments and will need to set their own direction and persist despite diverse professional, societal, social, and emotional challenges. ATI students learn to develop the empowering mindset needed to exhibit grit; they learn to be honest with themselves about their strengths and weaknesses and what they need to do to succeed based on those strengths. They learn proven mindfulness strategies that allow them to remain calm and focused even under duress and they learn to structure and participate in project work, take initiative, and accept responsibility so that they can lead effectively in team situations.
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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