Much of a student’s life at Innovation High is experiential education, and they enjoy both independence and responsibility as they build a portfolio of work and craft a community that balances rights and responsibility.
In depth look
What does academics mean to you? Is it synonymous with a list of neatly-packaged, compartmentalized, and unrelated subjects -- math, history, English, science, and the like? Is it a collection of facts passed along from one generation to the next? Are academics a means to an end? Our view is different here.
The world is interconnected, three dimensional, and ever changing. At Innovation High School, we assert that the best way to learn about our world is to interact with it. Our project-based courses ask students to get their feet wet, their hands dirty, and do something purposeful. Our focus on interdisciplinary instruction is crafted in the image of a world in which wide-ranging skills -- mathematics, writing, computer programming, and more -- are increasingly vital to individuals in society.
Come explore with us. Challenge convention. Do it boldly.
We believe in using right tools for the job. To that end, our school is filled with all kinds of tools -- cordless, analog, and digital technology. Every student has an iPad to use, and laptops are available when needed. In our makerspace, we have old-school hand tools alongside elaborate power tools, a full-size laser printer next to a commercial vinyl printer and 3-D printer. But what is most important at Innovation, is that we learn how to use the tools to create quality work.
From the first week of school on, students are talking to their advisor and counselor about finding the right college to attend. This journey is fueled by frequent college campus visits -- the first two visits coming in the first two weeks of school for 9th grade. Additionally, students visit science labs of nearby colleges to get a feel for their programs. By 12th grade, students will have visited numerous campuses, spoken with dozens of alumni and admissions officials, and found their “best fit” school.
We learn by doing. At Innovation, our staff create challenging projects that cause our students to stretch and grow through imagination, planning, creating, and building. Built into our projects is significant voice and choice on the part of the student, and quality work is published at public exhibitions held in the evening at least once a trimester.
Since August 2019, Innovation High School has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization to offer the Middle Years Programme to students in grades 9 and 10.
Innovation High School is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Pride Schools believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org
In addition to preparing students for the rigor of the IB Diploma Programme (grades 11-12), the MYP encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discovering what they will need to know to complete the project, and create a proposal or criteria for completing it.
The DP has similar aims and relies on a framework of internationally-recognised assessment practices to prepare students for educational experiences beyond high school. Students choose coursework that suits and their needs and interests and learn together as a cohort over the course of two years.