At Map Academy, learning will not be confined to the school day or building. Too often, traditional school feels disconnected and irrelevant, especially for students with complex lives and frayed connections to school. This lack of relevance can cause students to lose motivation and make them much more likely to disengage or drop out. Map Academy is committed to personalizing the high school experience and equipping students with the academic, social and career readiness skills they’ll need to build successful futures.
There is an emerging consensus across the country and the Commonwealth among students, parents, communities, educators, business leaders and elected officials – that academic proficiency alone is no longer enough to prepare students for success in the 21st century economy.
Our career development education component will embed career exploration and postsecondary planning into students’ individualized learning plans, motivating students to explore their postsecondary options and connect school learning to their lives beyond graduation. Practical career development opportunities will allow students to apply their learning and hone career readiness skills, and dual enrollment and/or career training opportunities will be available to students as they progress toward graduation.
We intentionally don’t claim to prepare students for the real world, because our students already live in the real world. For many, that “real world” is all too familiar as they juggle school with many other significant responsibilities and concerns. At Map Academy, we will involve students in their own learning every step of the way, making education relevant, engaging and meaningful and preparing students to make informed decisions about life beyond high school.