We are signed a lease!! Let me tell you again, WE SIGNED A LEASE!! That means we are going to open (finally!)! A very super special thank you to everyone who has supported us this far. Our dream of opening the perfect school for our three children, and thousands of others around the world, is becoming a reality. We have worked so hard and learned so much over the past several months and we are ready to be successful! We have worked for four years for this moment. We have done research, we have made mistakes, but my full-time volunteer efforts have been to get this project off the ground and now we have a chance. There is more work to be done and we continue to need your support! We aim to close the expectations gap, so that all children can be valued and can learn together to make the world a more inclusive place. We are offering a change in educational method and philosophy that creates an inclusive, individualized learning experience. Our small mixed-age class sizes allow each student to progress quickly in areas of strength, and get more focused attention from both teachers and peers in areas of weakness. Students work together to solve classroom learning projects as well as community enhancing projects to understand how their work can make an impact in the world. There is no school that allows students to fully experience empathetic action in their studies while gaining the skills to be an exceptional learner. We believe that by creating our inclusive school, it can lead to the understanding of the value of all people, to encouraging others acceptance and understanding, to greater employment and independence of people with disabilities, to greater use of universal design in architecture for greater accessibility for all. We believe our school can be the butterfly, that flaps its wings and creates world wide change for inclusive understanding. As our world changes to be more automated, physical motor skills are less required and more career opportunities open up for all who are educated, can communicate and find solutions. More people who understand that expectations can be reached by all give everyone a better chance at creating amazing things. Join our community and be a part of the change. Support UP Academy today!