Grantee: Future is Now Schools
NGLC GRANTEE TYPE: Breakthrough School Model (Planning)
Preparing self-starting students to shape the world of the future
School: Incubator School (Inc.)
Opening: Fall 2013
Grades Served: 6-12
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Type: Breakthrough School Developer Partnership
Operator: Los Angeles Unified School District
Operator Type: District
Students at Opening: 120
Students at Capacity: 800
HALLMARK FEATURE: Entrepreneurship
The Incubator School (Inc.) is a 21st century learning, entrepreneurship-themed Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) pilot school supported by Future is Now Schools. Inc. will foster, network, and launch the entrepreneurial teams of tomorrow by unlocking students’ self-starting spirit. Students at Inc. will learn how to start a business or venture, but even more importantly, they will learn how to start their journey into adulthood. Inc.’s academic model will rely on two principles: flexibility and integration. The Flex and Rotational blended learning academic model involves self-paced learning, project-based cooperative learning and design thinking, inquiry-based learning, game-based learning, and shared experiences among students.
“Xprts” from the local community and beyond will be brought into the school to explore and co-create with students, teachers, and parents within a variety of learning environments including a formal Makerspace. Inc. is partnering with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Games and Learning Publishing Council to bring their game-based learning partners as Xprt consultants to support the school's implementation of game-based learning within its blended learning model. The school is partnering with the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute as well.
Assessments will be a mix of portfolio, digital demonstrations, and projects with real world metrics; include all required state tests; and culminate in a significant team project. Eighth graders will create an operating business within the school. High school will culminate in students teaming to launch a real-world startup company that they may or may not continue as they enter college.
Pilot schools were established through agreement between LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles to create models of innovation and serve as research and development sites. Future is Now Schools will collaborate with both district and union leadership to enhance and scale up a portfolio of pilot schools with Inc. as the first.
Blended Learning Spotlight: Incubator School