July 16, 2015
Maxed out wall of text ahead.
Student here, finished up first year as of 2015 so I thought I'd leave this overviewessay here for all the newbies to this amazing place. There really isn’t that much information out there, the school being new and all, but look up the school website and PISD info for more formal points. There’s a FB page as well for the Academy Titans.
I can’t say enough how special this school is though, the learnerfacilitator relationship affects the school life so deeply that a lot of what I’m writing may very well be outdated, as the current form of the school is still forming in every moment. Now to set the table for those new to the school, there’s a huge focus on STEAM, interdisciplinary curriculum, team projects all day every day, and interactions inside and outside the school community. You can’t understand until you experience it, but the school life resembles a mix between an open workplace and a pretty irregular classroom because of how the barriers physical and perceptual work in the school community.
Personally this year was a stressful one since, by nature, I'm prone to anxiety and taking things seriously. Even so, I learned to swim not literally but someday, had fun with everybody, and made the most of fellow peers/teammates of dubious maturity. Everybody is in the same boat teachers and office workers too so there’s no shortage of people to both help and work against you when a problem comes up. Oh boy do the problems come up during a project though, you really have to learn and deploy by trial1, error2, review3, and just a bit of the good old blood, sweat, and tears.
1Google-fu skills, neverending decision making, improvising, and interpreting the implications of ‘that’ suspicious sentence.
2Bungee cords flying around you goggles on, safety first, project deliverables that met an unfortunate end from said bungee cord, team complications, and of course forgetting some vital step in an assignment.
3Trying not to laugh at your friends or their work, recognizing flaws in hindsight, and putting your thoughts into words to help initiate well-needed personal development as well as some development as a community.
Loved the time spent with my teams, facilitators, peers, and all that time that went into learning how to really make something. Thanks to facilitators and all the office staff for the hard work. DC the now 2nd year
- submitted by a student