With more learning time and increased efficiency in its model, Ingenuity Prep offers an educational program that prepares students for mastery of 1) rigorous core content and 2) a broader set of 21st century civic leadership competencies.
Ingenuity Prep’s model offers an extended-day and extended year schedule, providing increased opportunities to deliver rigorous instruction, enrichment, and remediation. Over the course of a school year, students at Ingenuity Prep benefit from 33% more learning time than their peers at neighboring District schools.
With resident, associate, lead, and master teacher positions, Ingenuity Prep’s teaching career ladder ensures that as teachers grow so do their opportunities to leverage their leadership and increase their impact – all while remaining in the classroom. Each classroom at Ingenuity Prep is anchored by an experienced master teacher with deep content knowledge and strong instructional expertise. As a result, early career teachers benefit from daily master teacher modeling and mentoring.
Through its blended learning model, Ingenuity Prep leverages high-quality online learning programs to provide adaptive, independent practice opportunities targeted at students’ individual needs and respective zones of proximal development. Utilizing this digital content and at least three highly-qualified teachers in each classroom, Ingenuity Prep is able to consistently provide accountable, personalized, independent and small-group learning experiences. Less than 10% of students’ learning time at Ingenuity Prep occurs in groups of more than 15 students.
With the belief that mastery of rigorous core content – while necessary – is not sufficient to prepare students for the demands of 21st century leadership, Ingenuity Prep is building its own civic leadership program around four pillars: social-emotional literacy, collaborative problem-solving, a social-justice-focused social studies and science curriculum, and service learning. Beginning in kindergarten, students participate in over three hours per week of a civic leadership class – engaging in activities such as unpacking the stimuli for various emotional states, studying African environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai, and utilizing design-thinking to create (and test) potential solutions for water conservation at the school.