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Everyone is welcome at Galileo Preparatory Academy. We refer to our students as learners, and those learners who are most successful at GPA tend to have the following characteristics:
- Independent and imaginative learners who are eager to explore their talents and the paths available to them
- Learners with a need for flexibility in their school schedule due to a dedication to the arts or athletics
- Accelerated learners looking to be challenged and set their own space
- Tech-savvy learners who are passionate about or invested in a focused line of technical study such as graphic arts and design, IT, gaming, or business leadership
- Learners who are more comfortable in a school that emphasizes technology and the arts
Galileo is happy to enroll learners with learning differences. It is important that parents express the nature of their child’s learning challenges and types of accommodations provided in the past prior to enrollment so that Galileo can assess the supports, services, and programs needed to meet the needs of the learner. It is possible that Galileo may recommend an external evaluation prior to making an admission decision.
Schedules, Calendar, and Flexibility
For Upper School learners at Galileo Preparatory Academy, parents and learners decide what school will look like for them. The building is open every day, with exception of holidays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. With access to a 12-month calendar year, and in partnership with their Galileo academic adviser, families set their own schedule for daily learning, seasonal breaks, and holidays. Parents and learners can further customize the learning experience by selecting their own ratio of in-person and virtual study as offered in the catalog of Galileo offerings.
According to the posted 12-month calendar, Galileo’s building will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for Upper School learners, and online learning is available 24/7. Families set their learner’s schedule in partnership with a Galileo academic adviser.
Check back in summer 2023 for more information on our Lower School calendar.
Academics and Instructors
GPA offers everything a traditional K-12th grade school offers and more.
Galileo's Upper School has a heavy focus on STEAM courses, and learners may choose to focus on a number of supplemental areas of study, including but not limited to: drone certification, e-sports, animation, and computer engineering. These focus areas are personalized to their learning preferences and passions. Beginning in 6th grade, learners begin determining their own academic goals in student-led conferences, where they review their goals, assess progress, and review benchmarks and portfolio items with parents and instructors. In traditional schools, teachers are often the ones leading learning parent conferences. At Galileo, we begin teaching learners to be independent self-starters from the moment they enroll. This includes fostering the capacity to set a goal, be thoughtful, and act responsibly to meet that goal. We often refer to this as agency, and research has proved it is critical to learners’ success in school, career, and life. From day one, we begin preparing learners to be responsible for their own learning, so that they will be successful adults.
Check back summer 2023 for more information on our Lower School program.
Our purpose-driven curriculum consists of four pillars:
- Core: Traditional studies in English, mathematics, history, and the sciences
- Focus: In-depth study in graphic arts and design, IT, gaming, and business leadership
- School of Fine Arts: Growing skills in problem-solving, communication, and self-expression through exploration of the arts
- Community: Developing interests and skills that improve the common good
Check back summer 2023 for more information on our Lower School.
Learners are required to complete the traditional requirements for matriculation from grade to grade and to receive a diploma, such as four years of English. At Galileo, they will have the opportunity to dive deeply into focus areas.
At GPA, Upper School families set their own schedule in a way that is customized to the learner. Parents and learners decide what school will look like for them. The building is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and in partnership with their Galileo academic adviser, families set their own custom curriculum and schedule. Parents and learners can further customize the learning experience by selecting their own ratio of in-person and virtual study.
Galileo considers grades 6-9 the formative years to transition into secondary school to prepare for college and/or career and focus on teaching maturity and agency. Beginning in 7th grade, learners drive student-led conferences, where they customize and review their goals, benchmarks, and portfolio items with parents and instructors. In traditional schools, teachers are often the ones leading learning conferences. At Galileo, we begin teaching learners to be independent self-starters from the moment they enroll. This includes fostering the capacity to set a goal, be thoughtful, and act responsibly to meet that goal. We often refer to this as agency, and research has proved it is critical to learners’ success in school, career, and life.
Beginning in 10th grade, learners participate in a fully mastery-based course of study, offering more flexibility as they prepare for college and/or careers. Learners in grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to participate in internships. Electives that are rich in technology provide early exposure for students as they determine areas of focus. Some of these electives include data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Galileo’s business partners award credentials in blockchain to its learners upon completion of course clusters. Those credentials stay with learners through college/career and beyond. Learners can earn professional certifications in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Drones: Remote Pilot Certificate, and more.
For more information on our Lower School program, check back in summer 2023 or contact email@example.com.
Yes, all course-based learning at Galileo is mastery-based and self-paced, allowing learners to advance at their own pace.
Technology is at the center of everything we do at Galileo and an important vehicle for delivering curriculum and instruction. We pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art technology, allowing learners to have a seamless, hands-on learning experience whether they are on- or off-site.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Everyone is welcome at Galileo. Our students are expected to celebrate diversity and will be taught through a global perspective, where they learn to think critically and creatively through collaboration.
We embrace students who learn differently, as well. If you have questions about whether Galileo is the right fit to support your child’s unique learning needs, please contact us.
Community Service, Physical Education, and Extracurriculars
Galileo requires physical education but does not schedule it during school hours. Instead, each Galileo learner receives an activity tracker device and is required to log 2.5 hours of activity per week. This activity is at the discretion of the learner and the learner’s family. This allows learners to explore types of activity they are most interested in and build lifelong healthy habits. The learner’s academic adviser will review the weekly data with each learner and discuss results.
All students are required to complete 10 hours of community service annually.
Galileo students have the opportunity to participate in e-sports and extra curriculars including, mock trial, academic clubs, social clubs, debate, and more. We have also found that our model is ideal for students participating in travel sports.
Admissions and Cost
For Upper School learners, we offer a membership model with an annual membership fee. This can be paid upfront or in 12 monthly payments. Our membership fee is $22,000 annually. An additional $2,000 materials and curriculum fee includes all learning materials and a student device. This fee is due at enrollment.
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Transportation, Meals, Attire, and Equipment
At GPA, we offer an annual membership that includes all literature, curriculum content, and a student device for Upper School learners.
College and Career Success
Galileo takes the responsibility of preparing students for college and career seriously. Therefore, learners will have the option of an ACT and SAT test preparation course.
Additionally, college and career counseling are provided, and academic advisors monitor and support students in submitting college applications. Galileo mentors support families in a timely and efficient manner as they make college visits and career decisions.
Galileo’s mission is centered around preparing learners to succeed in an increasingly connected world. GPA provides advanced placement offerings with college credits included, internships, exposure to professions, mentoring programs, and industry-leading certification programs in technical areas such as IT.
Academic support is available for all Galileo graduates.