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What is Ignite Middle School

Ignite Middle School

Joyful Learning: We believe that learning should be joyful! We have thoughtfully designed a school culture and have planned learning experiences that are exciting, engaging, and motivating. The IGNITE learning experience includes:

Journey to Impact: Every Ignite scholar will explore various careers and craft a unique professional vision based on their interests. Students will be supported through a 4-Phase Journey to Impact. On this journey students will answer the following critical questions within each phase:

  1. Awaken: Who am I? What are my strengths, goals, interests, and personality traits?
  2. Enlighten: What professional possibilities exist?
  3. Ignite: What is my unique professional vision and pathway?
  4. Impact: How will I change the world—today and in the future?

Cutting-Edge Technology: Ignite scholars will engage with latest educational technology in order to increase engagement, accelerate learning, and to gain a competitive career advantage. Those technological experiences include:

  1. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
  2. Maker Space
  3. Music Studio/Production
  4. Film Studio/Production
  5. Drones
  6. Coding
  7. Digital Literacy
  8. 3-D Printers and Milling Machines
  9. Laser Cutters
  10. Graphic Design
  11. Large Format Printing

Blended Classroom: Students will experience a unique classroom experience where academic courses are both engaging and challenging.

  1. A combination of face-to-face learning with teachers and computer-based learning.
  2. Multiple teachers in one classroom.
  3. Math and Science as an integrated STEM Block
  4. Reading Social Studies as an integrated Humanities Block
  5. Collaborative learning with peers
  6. Extended time for Reading and Math support

Project-Based learning: Ignite scholars will engage in deep collaborative learning through projects that require them to do Real Work and solve Real Problems in the Real World.

Career-Based Learning: Students will engage in a range of experiences that provide exposure to and exploration of various careers. As students form more specific interests, they will delve deeper into those fields through:

  1. Career-Based Projects
  2. Career-Based Field Trips
  3. Professional Mentors
  4. Professional Guest Speakers
  5. Professional Guest Teachers
  6. Apprenticeships