Active Learning engages students in the discovery of information and the development of skills through experience.
Active Learning engages students in the discovery of information and the development of skills through experience. Academy students learn how to conceptualize, design, plan, and carry out a project under the supervision of the faculty. They learn to work in teams, creatively applying what they know to solve problems. They learn from “stand and deliver moments” when they present their work and its results to others. Experiential and internship opportunities such as Independent Science Research, May Projects and Honors Projects give them valuable real-life experiences.
Active Learning is very different from the Common Core Curriculum approach to education, which tends toward passive memorization and endless teaching to the test. Such passive learning leaves little room for students to embark upon passionate discovery. The Academies have high academic standards and high standardized test scores, but our emphasis always lies with engaging curiosity, developing a sturdy work ethic, and producing self-starters who can think creatively about problems that have no easy answer.
The Academies extensive afterschool programs also offer many opportunities to face real-world challenges in public speaking, robotics, debate, mock-trial, theater, music, the arts in general, and of course, athletics. In all of these pursuits, students learn how to rise to the occasion when the occasion arises.