Prospect Studio is a formative, individualized and innovative one-year program for 8th and 9th grade students who wish to spend a year engaging in an intellectual adventure designed to inspire deeper, self-motivated learning. This program is perfect for the student who wants one more year of preparation before attending their local high school or an independent secondary day or boarding school.
Prospect Studio enrolls 6-13 students for grades 8 or 9 each year. This mixed-age cohort is managed by a team of two faculty, who bring their own personal and professional backgrounds to the development of multidisciplinary projects and programs. Our faculty will work with students to deepen projects and manage connecting projects to a mixture of personal, professional, and academic goals.
At a conceptual level, we inhabit a time when all schools are wrestling with how to shift educational models and pedagogy to respond to what we now know about tomorrow’s world. The increasing rate of change and technological innovation in Artificial Intelligence, big data, robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology will demand different skill sets and capabilities than what standard programs presently offer. Prospect Studio is Applewild’s response to this challenge.
Prospect Studio was inspired in part by Tony Wagner’s Creating Innovators and Global Achievement Gap books in which he studied successful innovators and entrepreneurs to identify the skills and attributes the next generation will need to be successful:
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence
Agility and Adaptability
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
Effective Oral and Written Communication
Accessing and Analyzing Information
Curiosity and Imagination
Prospect Studio will guide students to develop these skills through an interdisciplinary, project focused program based around a theme. Our theme is Placemaking and Urban Renewal, which offers a wealth of questions to explore in seminars, individual projects and whole group experiences. These questions might include: What is the balance of old and new? Who decides how a community is renewed? What defines a place? What impact does immigration have on development? What relationship do the arts have on the community over time? Does architecture matter?
Through these lines of inquiry, students are guided by their faculty to pursue a series of projects which will identify and develop specific skills. For example, they may survey people leaving or arriving to the area, research how public policy impacts development, develop a new pop-up storefront, or map change over time. These projects are immersive and rich in skill development, authentically engaging students in depth study of statistics, data visualization, analysis of history, presentation skills, interviewing skills, and many others. Further, students will be writing authentically and frequently to develop their expository writing and narrative skills, metacognitively reflecting, and conversing about their work to develop leadership and project management skills.
Our students face a future that is rapidly changing so we offer a year of transformative change where students will develop innovation, entrepreneurialism, design and leadership skills to position students for future success in high school and beyond.