Our Unique Academic Model
Our academic model in the elementary school features a robust math, science, and English Language Arts curriculum, in addition to a Health Professions course designed to expose students to a vast range of health careers in a fun, project-based classroom setting. Students get excited about the possibilities for their future by meeting medical professionals from a vast range of backgrounds and experiences, taking field trips around the city to various medical facilities, and participating in engaging, but rigorous core content courses.
Sample Kindergarten Class
Kindergartners will explore their five senses and design learning stations for their peers. They will make connections between the body and its functions, while working to design a cast for a broken arm. This leads into an exploration of who in the real-world fixes broken body systems, and a student-led presentation about emergency medical health professionals. Finally, students will complete a capstone project where they work to solve a real-world problem: the use of 911 services in their community.
Sample First Grade Class
First graders will explore fundamentals of animal life, and they will engage in two project-based learning assignments: teaching others about characteristics of animal life and creating a shoe that uses animal adaptations as its inspiration. Students then explore the career that helps animals when they get sick or injured, and finally, students will complete a capstone project where they work to solve a real-world problem: the lack of an affordable veterinary clinic in the IDEA Health Professions neighborhood.
Sample Second Grade Class
Second graders will learn about the fundamentals of health, and then take this knowledge and apply it to one of the most important parts of the human body: the mouth! Students then explore the profession of dentistry and create a presentation to teach others what they’ve learned about dental medicine. Finally, students will complete a capstone project where they work to solve a real-world problem: oral health in their community.
In middle school, students continue to build foundational skills in rigorous, pre-AP core content courses. Students also take courses in both health around the world and health within their community, biomedical engineering, and more. In these courses, students also work to develop 21st century skills through Socratic Seminars, project-based learning experiences, and more. Students begin to think more deeply about their future goals, and through mentorships, guest speakers, and field trips will have opportunities to explore these potential pathways.
Sample 6th Grade Class
6th graders will learn how health is defined through a global lens and apply that lens to health throughout human history. Students will also explore current health crises around the world with a view of how these situations could be improved, and will also investigate the role they play in world health, and explore the impact they can make on world health through a capstone project: students will create real-life, interdisciplinary proposals to create a program to improve health outcomes for a group of people in the world.
In high school, students will take courses in anatomy, physiology, and biomedical science, as well as engaging in 12 AP courses to earn upwards of 30 college credit hours, depending on the chosen university. This culminates in 12th grade, where students will spend the year rotating through off-campus clinicals across a variety of health professions occupations, working in diverse places from, hospice care to robotics research labs. This experience builds interpersonal skills and allows students to narrow their focus to a potential field of study in college and beyond.