MADISON — Six informational sessions for prospective students and their parents are scheduled in the coming weeks to introduce the community to a new high school. It offers an evidence-based, innovative approach to education that creates a stimulating environment for learning.
"Active learning is what sets our school apart," says Michelle Sharpswain, PhD, founder of Madison Expeditionary Learning Academy, slated to open in 2013. The Academy is geared toward especially curious, college-bound students who thrive on putting their skills to use in actual community projects.
"Literacy in the twenty-first century must include skills related to technology, science and design, in addition to social sciences, math and reading," adds Dr. Sharpswain. "Our students never ask, When are we ever going to use this?"
The Academy's associated enrichment camp, which operates under the same principles, got rave reviews this past summer from both students and parents.
"My ten-year-old son Josef had the opportunity to connect science, engineering and art with fun," says Michele Ritt, a public school teacher in Madison. "There are not words to adequately describe his level of engagement in this program. Josef loved every second of every day."
One-hour information sessions regarding the Academy will be held at various locations around the Madison area beginning on November 14. Attendees will hear specific examples of how this high school differs from a traditional school and why students find this style of learning so gratifying.
The sessions will be held at the following locations:
November 14, 2012 6:30 p.m. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison
J November 27, 2012 6:30 p.m. The Village Center, 333 S. Madison St., Waunakee
J December 7, 2012 6:30 p.m. Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison
J December 17, 2012 6:30 p.m. Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd,
J January 7th, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Verona Public Library, 500 Silent Square, Madison
J January 22, 2013 6:30 p.m. Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton
For more information about the Madison Expeditionary Learning Academy see www.madisonelacademy.org or schedule an interview by calling (608) 698-5298.
Madison Expeditionary Learning Academy is a school with unique emphasis on the integration of art, engineering, mathematics, science and technology serving students in grades 9-12, with summer and enrichment programs for teachers and 10-17 year-old students.