Academy of Thought and Industry
ATI is a modern Montessori-inspired middle and high school network delivering a powerful education for independence, to develop curious, self-motivated adolescents who thrive in school and in life.
Continuing Montessori education through adolescence
ATI is Guidepost for the adolescent: a Montessori middle and high school network delivering a powerful education for independence, to develop curious, self-motivated adults who thrive in school and in life.
ATI combines the best of a vibrant, liberal arts education with creativity, independence, and personalization. Programs include full-time campus and virtual options, as well as part-time and summer courses.
Reimagining adolescent education
Adolescence is a critical period of development. Students are constantly growing in higher-order thinking skills, peer relationships, personal responsibility, and more. They're searching for their place in the world and beginning to form the values that will shape their lives.
Recent studies have shown that enthusiasm for school drops dramatically between fifth and twelfth grade, with nearly 75% of students reporting negative feelings towards school.
Now more than ever, students are tired, stressed, and bored. They need an educational option that is appropriate for their developmental stage, and tailored to their individual needs.
We believe there's a better way.
Middle and high school the way it should be
At ATI, students are given both freedom and support to help them excel beyond their own expectations. Our students don't just study for tests—they become life-long learners. Each step our students take is designed to help them explore their unique passions, inspire their creativity, and develop greater independence.
We don’t offer just one path for academic excellence. We strive to create a total school experience that will unlock each student’s unique potential—to prepare them for the world, and to help them access that world today!
Pursuit of knowledge
We pursue knowledge not as an academic exercise, but to improve our judgment and actions in the world.
The power of agency
We believe that human beings, using their reason, judgment and passion, are capable of leading self-directed lives of profound meaning and worth. We seek to always acknowledge and respect our own power to act, and to develop and exercise our capacity to act with purpose, integrity and conviction in pursuit of our aspirations.
The love of work
Purposeful work is central to a life well lived. In choosing our work, we direct our energies intentionally toward our goals, bring structure and focus to our lives, and reshape our worlds. Through cultivating our capacity for work, as well as our appreciation of the rewards of work well done, we develop a character capable of genuine effort and great achievement
The joy of community
We recognize the value of deep, honest relationships, and we offer others an authentic self that makes such relationships possible. We enliven and enrich each other through our choice to share norms, practices and expectations. In doing so, we experience the joy of belonging and develop a deep and abiding sense of love and responsibility for the communities we embrace.
The courage to live wholehearted
To fully engage with the world requires a tremendous amount of vulnerability and moral courage. In order to become our best selves, we bravely face our insecurities and have the courage to care deeply about our values. We embrace the everlasting process of personal growth that is the hallmark of being human, and that allows us to live wholeheartedly.
Curriculum rooted in thought and industry
Montessori emphasized that teens should do real work: not just in school, but fully in the world. At ATI, we remove the artificial barrier between the vocational and the avocational; what's required for class and what's chosen for life. Our students integrate their passions with their studies, unlocking their potential to:
- Do real work in the world
- Serve as a productive member of a community
- Realize the natural desire for independence
Every student is paired with a 1:1 coach as they proceed through middle and high school. The coaching curriculum has been built by educational experts and psychologists, to support the process of self-creation that is so fundamental to adolescence. The coaching process emphasizes:
In a small school community, students learn and practice self-governance, interdependence, and conflict resolution, gaining a sense of ownership and pride for the community around them. And each school is a part of the larger network, with access to expert guides and a larger peer community.
- The benefits of a small school
- The resources of a global network
Small school communities, globally connected
Every ATI school, in-person or online, is a tight-knit community that is also connected to a global network. The network allows you to learn from industry experts, take part in unique electives, find mentors in your field, and connect with peers around the country and world.
It's a small community with the largest heart I have ever seen from a school
Parent, ATI Austin
I love coming to school to work and see my friends. I spend some days a week at home, and the other days here at Museum Mile. I feel lucky to have my coach, who helps motivate me when I can't decide what to focus on.
Student, ATI Museum Mile
I used to dread school. Now I wake up every morning looking forward to seeing my friends and doing meaningful work.
Student, ATI San Francisco
The freedom I get here is on a whole other level. I never expected to the get the kind of encouragement that I do from my teachers. I feel like I can do anything.
Student, ATI Hollywood Beach
I love working on my projects and setting goals with my coach. I thought I would struggle with my work load, but there's always someone to talk to when I'm feeling overwhelmed.
Student, ATI Aldie
I didn't know school could be so invigorating. I get to work on what interests me and work closely with my guide
Student, ATI Fort Mason