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Traditional classrooms have proven ineffective for many of our students. Some students become overwhelmed and isolate themselves, while others struggle to hold on, often falling apart afterward. This realization prompted us to take a different approach and meet these neurodiverse students where they are. We've designed a clinical classroom that not only engages them academically but also imparts essential executive functioning skills in a real-life context.

Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects set around challenges and problems they may face in the real world.


"We are teaching students HOW to learn, which benefits their whole entire life," says Matty Bryant, Spark Academic Director and beloved school principal. "Gone are the days of filling out a worksheet for the sake of proving you can do it - now, we have students retaining knowledge because they see why it's useful.

At Spark Academy, our educational approach follows a co-curricular, project-based learning model. This means that students acquire and retain core academic concepts not only through classroom instruction but also through immersive term-length projects. Whether it's delving into history by studying and constructing historical war vehicles, grasping cell division by observing the hatching of chicks from eggs, translating the card game you designed into Spanish, or creating a to-scale model of our campus using geometry + tape measures alongside 3D printers, our school experience is designed to be engaging, enjoyable, and highly informative.

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