The innovation of Explore Academy begins with the course schedule, which utilizes a more focused, divide-and-conquer approach to teaching and learning. Instead of class terms following the traditional semester model, Explore Academy offers “seminars”, smaller classes which span four weeks (22 days) in length and cover a specific topic in depth. The collection of seminars within a given content area will equal a traditional semester course.
For example, instead of a student enrolling in a traditional biology class, Explore Academy students will enroll several individal seminars that collectively cover the topics in biology.
See the section on Academic Structure for more details on the seminar schedule.
Our core seminars address the basic core units of studies, covering the areas of math, science, social studies, English, foreign language, and art. For each credit students are required to earn, they will have multiple options from which they can choose to complete their requirement. The diversity of these core units of study, predominantly seen in grades 9-11, will provide students the ability to enroll in seminars which parallel their strengths, interests, and individual learning styles. See the Core Curriculum section for more details.
All seminars, core or focused, conclude with an exit exam which determines the grade for the seminar in question. With the focus placed on learning with continuous teacher feedback, instead of the grade-focused approach that has plagued our educational system, we can ensure that students leaving our courses are educated in the areas we certify them to be. The specific accountability of this system is far superior to the semester-based grading model.
In a Nutshell...
- Shorter courses, more specific in their focus, leads to greater student accountability
- Core seminars provide students with choice in how they learn the general requirements set forth before them. Each seminar will be offered in one of three flavors
- Academic majors allow students to focus their studies in a specific area, similar to a major at the university level