What makes IDEATE High Academy unique is our core approach based design thinking best practices in partnership with the UC San Diego Design Lab. Our approach involves a five reflective and interconnected processes: connect, discovery, ideate, create, and evaluate. These are educational based adaptation of the design-thinking system developed by IDEO and the Stanford Students engage with design-thinking principles on a daily basis, across curriculum both in the id8Lab and classrooms.

At id8 High we unlock creative potential then teach students how to apply it to the real world. This process unleashes innovation and grows confidence by providing opportunities to take risks, experiment, learn and repeat. Students are challenged to solve diverse problems working both independently and collaboratively. We empower success by providing each learner with a designer’s toolkit integrating a human-centered approach with technology and business sense.

At IDEATE High Academy, design-thinking is intentionally integrated into the curriculum with design challenges that  foster student innovation, collaboration, and creativity in solving complex challenges.  These are essential skills for high school graduates in the 21st Century.

The 21st Century marks an evolution from a knowledge economy into a design economy.

Students will thrive in this new economy, if they are able to create innovative breakthroughs by integrating ideas from diverse fields to meet complex human needs.

Design-thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.

IDEATE High Academy will prepare students for success through mastering 21st Century skills:

The world is malleable and everything in the made world is designed. Mount Vernon Innovation Diploma leader Anya Smith inspires our sense of agency and creative confidence, and she provides her recipe for success in taking on and tackling problems to make a positive difference. And she challenges us all to consider one of her big questions: “What if school created designers?”


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