FCS Innovation Academy Gallery
Welcome to FCS Innovation Academy!
Who we are
In addition to the core curriculum, FCS Innovation Academy is a STEM magnet high school that provides an educational experience that will help push students to be creators and problem-solvers for a continuously changing world.
What we believe
We believe that effective learning cannot be isolated from the world around us. To truly learn something, people need to be engaged in a real-world environment where they learn to work in teams, communicate effectively, and practice critical analysis and creative problem-solving to understand how the knowledge they gain in class helps them after leaving our school. We believe that students learn best when they get to do and redo. Students need to try things, experiment, and test; then reflect and try again.
What we do
A problem-based learning curriculum allows students the freedom to actively engage in their education. They will work in teams to solve complex problems, like providing safe drinking water to people in disaster zones. These projects allow students to gain deep understanding of learning standards by seeing them applied in a real-world setting.
Requiring students to complete a career pathway in healthcare science, engineering, or computer science allows students to study STEM standards through the lens of some of the most cutting-edge career opportunities in our modern world. This connects core content class objectives with practical applications.
Asking students to complete self-selected culminating projects ensures students will be able to apply the knowledge they have gained, both in their course work, but also in the less-tangible, but equally important skills, such as teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. Practical application and mastery of all these skills is essential to be a leader in today's workforce and employers at all levels claim to be the most important for students to develop.
What we expect
There are few requirements to join us at FCS Innovation Academy.
We expect our students to be:
- Passionate: Do you care deeply for one or more subjects whether you are learning in school or on your own?
- Curious: Do you look for answers to questions even when it takes effort?
- Humble: Are you ok with being wrong? Are you ok seeking out answers by asking others?
- Problem-seekers: Do you like to find challenges in the world around you?
- Problem-solvers: Does it bother you when you don't know the answer to something? Will you work hard to find the answer?
If you answer yes to these questions, you will excel at FCS Innovation Academy!
Traits of an FCS IA student
Take a Virtual Tour of FCS IA
We understand not everyone will be able to come and visit us. Below is a playlist of 360 degree interactive videos. As you watch the video, you can use your mouse or finger to move the camera and see our facilities while we describe many of our important spaces.
The Launch Pad