IDEATE High Academy – Design Thinking
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IDEATE students increased their Math Proficiency by 2.2 grade levels and Language Use by 1.5 grade levels in one school year.  Although we do not focus on tests, our students have shown remarkable growth on the NWEA MAP standardized test.  We believe the biggest reasons for our outstanding performance are our engaging curriculum, our passionate teachers, and our supportive community.


The Rectify Robotics Team has begun a long term partnership with Ideate High Academy and Urban Discovery Academy.  This past Robotics Season students from Ideate and Urban Discovery helped design, build, and test a robot for the San Diego Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.  Check out this video to see what our students helped build!


Ideate High Academy’s mission is to provide a rich,

Design Thinking – based curriculum for creative high school pupils incorporating student-centered learning, interdisciplinary challenges, college preparation, internships, empathic social responsibility and innovative thinking for the 21st Century.

Design thinking is an empathy-based process and strategy for cultivating innovative solutions to complex challenges, as well as supporting the development of creative thinking skills.  The design thinking process involves five modes: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. At IDEATE High Academy, design thinking is intentionally integrated into the project-based curriculum to foster student innovation, collaboration, and creativity in solving complex challenges.  These are essential skills for high school graduates in the 21st Century.


Our core approach is based on the five elements of Design Thinking developed by IDEO and the Stanford empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Students

engage with Designing Thinking principles on a daily basis and across the curriculum, both in the IdeateLab and in their classrooms. Design Thinking is taught, applied, and explored through project-based learning, integrated projects that require real world problem-solving, and independent exploration.  This philosophy embeds, promotes and enables all students to achieve the objective to become self-motivated, competent and lifelong learners.


Empathize – information gathering, observation, immersion

Define – a clear description of the problem, form a point of view

Ideate – generation of ideas incorporating brainstorming

Prototype – experimental solutions are created

Test – an iterative process, assessing the solutions