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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 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
Academics and Instructors
GPA offers everything middle and high schools offer and more.
Galileo 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, ARC-GIS, 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.
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
- Dialogues: Growing skills in problem-solving, communication, and self-expression through exploration of the arts
- Community: Developing interests and skills that improve the common good
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 such a graphic design and dialogues such as theater.
At GPA, 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 8 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 6th 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 STEAM internships and develop entrepreneurship ideas and even start their first business while in high school under the mentorship of a successful entrepreneur. Technically rich electives will provide early career exposure for students as they begin to determine areas of focus such as UX design, 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.
All math content beginning in middle school will be mastery-based. Additionally, GPA will provide small group math instruction, where students work together to solve real-world math problems to complement mastery-based math instruction. Services will be available for middle school students who need additional support with math instruction.
Beginning at grade 10, learners can participate in a mastery-based course of study that allows them 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.
At Galileo, learners and instructors across the country and around the world will connect through the use of technology. We use technology as a tool for communication, discovery, and exploration for our students, allowing them to recognize that geographic separations among people and cultures are small, which is what allows us to live in a global society today. We teach learners to use technology for fun such as e-gaming, for scientific discoveries, and to create opportunities for interaction with others. Our learners meet on our virtual campus to work on their project-based learning assignments, while others meet with a Galileo instructor in our virtual tea shop to discuss assignments.
Our typical student-to-teacher ratio is 10:1.
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.