Intergrated Project Based Learning
Middle School Level
The ICA middle school provides students an integrated project-based learning environment, which incorporates outdoor education all year long while focusing on sustainability. Students learn the process of project management while provided individual choice in development of their projects. Thematic integrated units developed around Project Lead The Way and charter curriculum is the focus for student learning. Students will also use ALEKS Math, an online and individualized math curriculum which allows students to work at their own pace and at their own skill level. Students practice public speaking by presenting projects to the public at least 3 times per year. Service learning opportunities are integrated into various projects during the year.
High School Level
The ICA high school provides students a career and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focus. Students create a Personal Learning Plan that incorporates their career goals. Students then choose between the Stem Strand (SS) or the Individualized Career Strand (ICS). Students develop individualized projects related to their career interests that incorporate the Wisconsin State Standards in order to earn required credits. Direct instruction in math is achieved through the use ALEKS Math, an individualized, selfpace math program. Public speaking opportunities are provided as students present projects to the public at least 3 times per year. Student directed service learning is required for all students each year. Capstone projects highlight the achievements of students and are presented at the end of the senior year.
Career Goals Determine Education Path
Students choose the Stem Strand or the Independent Career Strand based on their career goals. The Stem Strand allows students to take at least 3 Project Lead The Way courses in which college credit can be earned from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Students also choose from many STEM related seminars as they build individualized projects to attain credits. Students may choose the Independent Career Strand if the STEM Strand does not meet their career goals and thus have more flexibility to create projects related to their goals.
Other Options for Career Development
All high school students also participate in a blend of practicums, job shadowing, apprenticeships, and on the job training with local businesses and organizations. In addition to working with local businesses, students learn about the skills needed to be successful as an employee and entrepreneurial concepts needed to manage a business.