High School Futures Academy
The High School Futures Academy reflects the mission, vision, and core values of ISB by placing students as central players in the learning process. Student interests and talents drive the learning process to identify and address relevant problems and issues. Through the use of an integrated model, student learning will be enhanced through deeper connections between multiple disciplines.
The High School Futures Academy values
- alignment and connection to the ISB curriculum, students, and community.
- autonomy in order to nurture and develop student interests so that they take ownership of their own learning.
- equitable relationships between students and facilitators in the creation of learning experience.
- long term, deep, sustained learning experiences in the local context.
- the expectation that learning translates into action.
- thoughtful risk-taking.
- learning and contributing with a social conscience.
We believe that students in the High School Futures Academy learn best when they:
- progress through content and skills at their own pace.
- are co-creators of the learning experience and they decide how they will demonstrate competency.
- identify and solve significant and authentic problems.
- are a part of a connected learning network.
- engage in the design process and are given opportunities to demonstrate perseverance and resiliency.
Students in the High School Futures Academy Grade 9 program will earn credits in English, Science, Social Studies and Design Technology. They will be allowed to sign up for four additional subjects outside of the Futures Academy program.
Students in the High School Futures Academy Grade 10 program will earn credits in English, Science, Social Studies and AP Seminar. They will also take part in the AP Capstone Project*.
In addition, HSFA 10 students will be allowed to sign up for four additional subjects outside of the Futures Academy program.
AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.
AP Capstone Project
*AP Capstone™ is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. ISB's Capstone will see students engage in a social entrepreneurship project that will focus on the development of solutions for social, cultural, or environmental issues within China.