Frequently Asked Questions
A public charter school implementing an entrepreneurial program that uses a traditional Montessori model in grades K-3rd and Blended Learning model in grades 4th-9th. IGNITE ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACADEMY offers a personalized approach to learning and gives meaning through projects that encourage ownership, collaboration, creativity, and communication.
Other experiences IEA offers is daily learning opportunities for students with peer groups of varying age levels. This allows for the creation of a community of learning and support, rather than grade level relationships only. Younger students feel supported by older students, older students can gain confidence knowing they are role models for others. Skills and strengths are no longer identified by what is “grade-level appropriate” and restricted in such a way. With this model, students can do and achieve what is appropriate for them as individuals. This model also offers frequent, daily opportunities for collaborative work and project-based learning, incorporating 21st century skills and building them into everyday practice.
SMART Goals: At the beginning of every day and the beginning of each term, students will set personal academic goals. At the beginning of each academic year, students will engage in extensive training regarding goal setting, goal tracking, goal completion and student excellence so that students will understand the process of setting appropriate and rigorous goals and working towards completion of these goals. Goals are monitored to make sure they challenge the students and also address student deficiencies. Goals completion is tracked online daily with the support of aides and parent volunteers. Teachers will report the percentage of students completing their daily goals to IGNITE ENTREPRENEURIAL ACADEMY’s Director so school-wide progress can be tracked and assessed.
IGNITE ENTREPRENEURIAL ACADEMY seeks to mimic the entrepreneurial/start-up experience in the context of a learning environment. IGNITE ENTREPRENEURIAL ACADEMY holds a view that children are naturally curious and eager to learn, and that learning is accelerated in the context of a carefully prepared culture that heavily emphasizes ownership and responsibility as well as team building.
Since the number of student applicants for Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy exceeds the established enrollment caps, students are selected by lottery. When a student is chosen, siblings of the applicant (within the same household) are also invited for admission, provided there are openings. Students currently admitted are given preference for re-enrollment. Siblings of admitted students are given preference relative to other applicants. Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy will not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the same basis as other public schools that may not discriminate in their admission policies and practices.