The Tucson Ingenuity Academy mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world. TIA offers a rigorous program for mastering Reading, Writing, Math, and Civilization using computer simulations and intense Socratic discussions. Socratic discussions and self-paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners. There are no grades at TIA. Learners master a topic before moving on to the next challenge. They also participate in hands-on quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts, which prepare children for apprenticeships and real world challenges. Learners are responsible for their own education in our learner-driven community. They are accountable to each other, set and track their own goals, establish the rules of engagement in the studio operations, run town hall meetings, and push each other to EXCELLENCE.
Our farm school provides the ideal setting for students to expand their knowledge and embark on adult-like responsibilities, resulting in a solid foundation for young adulthood. Caring for farm animals and gardening fosters the essence of community and contribution. In her book From Childhood to Adolescence, Maria Montessori taught that a farm school setting is the ideal condition for adolescents to instill in them the lessons of hard work and independence. Beyond challenging their intellect, compassion, diplomacy and collaboration are developed through experiencing human and nature interdependence.