What is the LEAD Innovation Studio?

For some students in the Park Hill School District, high school looks very different. Students at the LEAD Innovation Studio experience a full-day program in a leased space in a local office building, where they immerse themselves in a flexible, personalized learning environment, focused on problem-solving skills, project-based learning and professional experiences. Next school year, we will open LEAD's own building, which is designed for this unique program.

All LEAD students get mentors to help them navigate their education. At LEAD, students take an active role in their learning, while teachers provide the support all students need. Cutting-edge technology allows students to work toward their individual goals with teachers facilitating.

Which students attend the LEAD Innovation Studio?

The school's personalized approach appeals to students of all backgrounds and with all kinds of interests and goals. In the 2020-2021 school year, any student will be able to attend LEAD, which mirrors the district's student population as a whole. The program's personalized nature supports all students. LEAD provides services for English learners and students with 504s and IEPs, and it offers many advanced courses, including AP and dual credit.

What do classes look like at LEAD?

LEAD students take the same classes our two high schools offer. However, our instructional model emphasizes project-based, problem-based and professional-based learning (PBL) experiences, along with personalized learning. About 2/3 of student time is spent in content courses on PBL.  PBL blocks are content specific - Biology, Algebra, ELA, World History, etc. and last 60 minutes.  About half of the time is spent in PLT (personalized learning time) where students work on all content areas.  We support students through regular individual meetings with a mentor who is a teacher and a facilitator, with an emphasis on goal setting and skill development. 

How does it work if my student wants to take a music class?

Band, choir and orchestra will be taken at the home high school.  Bus transportation will be provided.

What electives will be offered?

We have a list of courses to be offered next year based on student interest.  Many elective options will be offered, likely including foreign language, art, debate, business classes, core subject electives and more.  We also have numerous AP (Advanced Placement) and dual credit courses.

What is Summit?

Summit is an organization we partner with to deliver content and project work through the Summit Learning Platform.

What does student life look like at LEAD?

While students will take all their classes at the LEAD Innovation Studio, they will still be Park Hill High School Trojans or Park Hill South Panthers, and they will be able to participate in extracurricular activities at their home high schools, such as band, sports and dances. LEAD also offers a number of student clubs and activities, assemblies and opportunities to show
school spirit.

LEAD emphasizes a connection to community- this includes the LEAD community, the Park Hill and Park Hill South high schools' communities, and the local and global communities. LEAD students work extensively with local non-profits and engage in project work focused on global issues. 

How do LEAD credits translate into a transcript?

LEAD credits are identical to credits from our two high schools. The mode of instruction is different, but the credit earned and standards covered are the same. 

What is a LEAD mentor?

We match each student with a mentor (a teacher), who meets with the students one-on-one for approximately 10 minutes each week to discuss progress, goals and habits to support students as they navigate high school. 

Does LEAD offer clubs?

Yes, we currently have 10 different clubs based on student interest. More than 80 percent of our students participate in at least one club. Our clubs meet during community time during the school day.

Can my student participate in sports and activities?

Yes, absolutely. Students can participate in extracurricular activities at Park Hill High School or Park Hill South High School. Many current LEAD students do this now. There are also select clubs offered at LEAD.

Is transportation provided to and from the home school?

Yes, we provide transportation to and from our two high schools at the beginning and end of each school day.

Is there food at LEAD? 

Yes, LEAD has a full-service cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch.

Do students have lockers?

No, students do not have lockers at LEAD. 

Where will lead be located next year?

LEAD's permanent home is under construction and will open for the 2020-21 school year.  It is located at 68th and Waukomis.