Archimedes Academy is a comprehensive 6–12 public school whose mission is to provide a rigorous, innovative, college preparatory education focused on math, science and technology applications while regularly celebrating the accomplishments of its diverse student body and culminating in a Regent’s diploma and the opportunity to earn college credits.
Rationale for the School’s Creation
If today’s students, our future citizens are to live and thrive in the 21st century, it is not only essential for them to graduate our schools being able to read, write and communicate clearly with others, but for them to be literate in Mathematics, Science and Technology as well. Whether or not students choose to pursue careers in the scientific community, it is imperative that schools provide them with a solid knowledge base in math, science and technology in order for them to take their roles as informed citizens in today’s society. Many traditional secondary schools fail to live up to this ideal. Archimedes Academy is a beacon for Mathematics, Science and Technology Application in the Bronx.
It is our belief that students learn best when they are engaged in demanding project-based curricula that activate their prior knowledge base. To learn, students must be challenged with a variety of rigorous tasks that require them to do more than memorize new sets of facts. Project based and “hands on” learning experiences, grounds new material into a real world context thereby providing a familiar backdrop for new materials. Our approach emphasizes a hands-on problem solving and project-based approach to learning that challenges students to think creatively, apply concepts and actively construct meaning. Founded in the belief that children learn in unique and complex ways, this approach offers students an opportunity to conduct their own research and experiments in the pursuit of knowledge. The Archimedes approach will help students incorporate new conceptual schema into their existing knowledge base, as teachers encourage true learning and knowledge retention.
It is our belief that all children desire and deserve to learn and all children can reach their maximum potential. However all children learn at different speeds and in different ways. Only by addressing student’s individual needs can a school enable students to reach their full potential. Project-based curricula utilizing technology addresses multiple learning styles, while engaging students and has been demonstrated to raise student satisfaction, develop social skills and enhance academic performance.
Core Values Archimedes Academy’s Vision is based on three core values, which are our foundational pillars:
1. Technology integration into all disciplines
2. Inquiry Based/Project based Curricula
3. Youth Development& Life opportunity