THE FOUNDRY DIFFERENCE
The world has changed. No longer can a student simply graduate from high school and expect to walk into a career that is both rewarding and sustaining. Students must recognize their gifts and talents and leverage life-long learning to achieve their goals. For that reason,
The Foundry is Redefining...
The Classroom: At The Foundry, the world is our classroom! On any given day, students may be knee-deep in a creek for Adopt-a-Stream, hammering nails into a barn door for a retired widow, collaborating on a school song with classmates, creating a lamp in the maker space, practicing disaster preparedness with CERT, designing a personal logo in graphic arts, or putting Columbus on trial in history. The opportunities are endless!
STEM: These days, STEM has become something of a buzz word. At The Foundry, however, STEM means much more than science, technology, engineering, and math. We recognize that, no matter what career you pursue, these skills are vital. That's why STEM is integrated into every class and every project for every student. Whether you choose to be a physicist, a journalist, an engineer, or a history teacher, The Foundry will provide you the invaluable foundation of STEM that you will need.
College Prep: Let's be honest. Most high schools can prepare students to get into college - maybe even the "college of their dreams." But are those students really prepared for success in college? While our graduation requirements at The Foundry surpass those of traditional schools, we also recognize that there is so much more to high school than creating the most impressive college application. High school is an important part of a student's life, a time to develop and grow, a time that should be enjoyed and not lost in the race to move on to college. At The Foundry, we want students to find the colleges that are the best match for them, formulate a plan for college admission, and learn the necessary skills for college success in an engaging, rewarding environment.
School Culture: At The Foundry, "Be kind" isn't just a motto; it's something the students and faculty take very seriously. The virtue of kindness permeates the culture of The Foundry and is evident to even a casual observer. Students bond early on, creating invaluable friendships and providing encouragement and accountability.
Technology: At The Foundry, technology is seen as a tool used to solve problems, aid in projects, and demonstrate learning. We do not specialize in technology, but in teaching students how to think, how to create, and how to use technology wisely to achieve their goals.
The Foundry started with ninth grade but is growing each year with the student body to include all four years of high school. Each year at The Foundry, academics, excursions, guest speakers, and projects are planned around a central theme.
Freshmen work with the US Forestry Service, Square Foot Ministry, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and CERT to better understand how these nonprofit heroes fight to make the world a better place every day. Our students identify problems each organization is facing and come up with solutions.
According to Bruce Bachenheimer, a clinical professor of management and Executive Director of The Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University, entrepreneurship isn't just about owning a business: it is about thinking and acting in a new way that solves problems and adds value. Sophomores at The Foundry will focus on entrepreneurship skills, allowing them to work with successful business men and women and be placed in teams to start a business.
INVENTION AND TECHNOLOGY
For two years our students have worked in the Maker Space learning how to utilize technology about which most high schoolers can only dream. This year they put their new skills and design thinking into action to see what they are really capable of. Our students will work with other inventors for mentorship, inspiration, and direction.
In 2012, retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter argued that the greatest threat to American Democracy is not a foreign invasion nor a military coup, but ignorance about how government functions: "An ignorant people can never remain a free people." During our fourth year, The Foundry will create environments where students debate controversial topics, visit other cultures, discuss current events, become politically engaged, and volunteer for a statesman of their choice. Foundry seniors will take surveys, interview citizens, and use technology and statistics to make predictions and, ultimately, change the world.
THE HOUSE SYSTEM
Houses are teams of students who meet twice a week with a Foundry faculty member to discuss academic, social, and behavioral issues, read and discuss literature, organize material for portfolios, work together on service projects, and build a strong school culture. House sessions are also used to prepare for college and systematically develop a growth mindset. The House system provides the time and structure for students to develop the soft skills that are crucially necessary for future success.