DARE TO BE AWESOME
Today’s world is constantly changing. Experts say that 47% of today’s jobs will disappear in the next 25 years. That is why we need to rethink the way we educate our kids. At the American Academy, we start where everybody else ends. Our students get support to set their goals so they can excel and prepare for the future.
We help our students to discover and develop their passions. We teach them responsibility by giving them freedom to choose what they want to study. Students choose 5 of the classes that they are most interested in every trimester. This way, they can explore different areas and discover what they are passionate about.
Theory vs. Real Life
There is lot of knowledge in books, but even more out there in the real world. To get our students ready for their future careers, they need to experience as much as possible. That is why they work on projects where they learn to manage a business, plan a marketing campaign, debate human rights or run a school magazine. Thanks to this, students will be able to apply their knowledge, cooperate with others and present their ideas better, sooner than their peers from other schools.
21st century education
American Academies are up to date with today’s world. Our teachers are handpicked from the best educators around the world. Classes are 70 minutes long and all in English. There is also a thematic project each trimester. The first one was a business project - Haunted House. The following topics are going to be the Refugee Crisis and Colonization of Mars. The principle of thematic learning is that we stop "standard" classes for 1-2 weeks. Each of the classes deals with the given topic from its perspective.
The Haunted House project was the first of 3 thematic projects at American Academy in Prague this academic year. Students were tasked with organizing a Halloween event that will have high attendance and profitability. In just a month, our students prepared a scary Haunted House which attracted over 400 visitors. The project had a spectacular return on investment as well – making it both a successful project and business.
Students were divided into three teams - Finance, Marketing, Design. All classes were connected with this project.
Let us show you an example of the Mathematics class. Integrated Mathematics students calculated the area and capacity of a space to find out how much steam had to be let in to a room to get the desired effect. Other students were in charge of budgeting and accounting. They cooperated with the marketing and design teams and made sure they did not go over the budget.
English students came up with the whole background story of the Haunted House. They also cooperated with the marketing team, creating slogans and ad texts as well as an ESL lesson for elementary visitors to the haunted house. Students from Publishing cooperated with Business class students on the production of leaflets while the Design team came up with decoration of the whole Haunted House which was located on the school campus, covering hundreds of square meters.
Thanks to this project, students got to manage their teams and the event as a whole. They also learned many practical skills in the areas they study. We can't wait for future projects to come!