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Discover a school built for your success

ATI combines the best of a vibrant, liberal arts education with creativity, independence, and personalization. Our programs include full-time campus and virtual options, as well as part-time and summer courses

Our Schools in San Francisco

We are currently enrolling for Fall 2022 and accepting transfers year-round. Our Middle and High school programs run out of two campuses in San Francisco that are a short 1.2mi distance to each other. Middle School Campus: Grades 6-8 are in our ATI Fort Mason campus located at 3741 Buchanan St, in the same building as our kindergarten and elementary school, Guidepost Montessori. High School Campus: Grades 9-12 are in our ATI San Francisco campus located at 2690 Jackson St

About The Academy of Thought and Industry

The future of school isn’t about moving from one set of exams to the next. It’s about becoming the person you want to be, and feeling fulfilled and supported along the way.

The Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI) is a Montessori-inspired middle and high school. Our unique program is rooted in a curriculum that emphasizes thinking and doing, to acquire deep knowledge and understanding. Students unlock their potential with the help of individualized coaching, low student to teacher ratios, and a supportive school community. They learn how to set goals and how to achieve them; they fall in love with learning; they combine deep rigorous academic study with the freedom to pursue projects based on interest, passion, and curiosity.

We believe that students, in the right environment, are capable of extraordinary learning and extraordinary work: and we help unlock that potential at ATI.

Why Teens Love ATI

Learning in My Style
"Instead of taking a (nerve-wracking) multiple choice test, I demonstrated my knowledge of the American Revolution through a play I wrote and performed." - Katherine, 13
Connecting to Industry Experts
"My Independent Study Coordinator landed me an internship with a licensed engineer. I'm getting valuable hands on experience in the industry I love." - Jackson, 18
Entrepreneurship Experience
"I fine-tuned my photography skills to break into the industry. My ATI coach helped me file and launch a now-profitable photography business." - Luke, 15

Why Parents Love ATI

Preparing My Child for Success
"ATI is like a trade school for CEO's. Really it is much more than that, because the school inspires students with a clear trajectory toward how to make a magnificent life at the intersection of their passion and skills." Michelle L., ATI parent
Paving the Way to College
"Not only did ATI academically prepare Eliza for college, they went above and beyond to prepare transcripts and college applications that paid dividends!" Samuel T., ATI parent
Small Class Sizes
"Rather than being a face at a desk, my son is thriving in a group of 10 peers. He gets one-on-one instruction and encouragement from his dedicated guide every day." - Julia W., ATI parent

Reimagining Middle and High School

"My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from secondary school to University but of passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity and effort of will." - Maria Montessori
We are not a traditional school
Traditional schools may support rigorous study, but without considering the unique needs of a growing, changing student. Knowledge is abstracted from the real world, and students learn how to succeed in the educational system—not in life.
We are not a progressive school
Progressive schools often allow you free rein to choose your own pursuits, moving from project to project, but without that deep attention to knowledge that would fully unlock your mind’s potential.
We are the third option
ATI's program is unique: a deliberately planned and charted curriculum of foundational skills that open a greater and greater number of possible paths. Our students don’t just memorize—they understand, apply, and integrate knowledge to pursue their own passions.

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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