About Us

Overview

Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy is a Utah public charter school. The distance learning program is available for Utah students in grades K-6. The distance learning program includes the curriculum you need, plus a weekly Montessori and/or Project Day, including field experiences. We also provide you with the necessary supplies, materials, and support to ensure that your child has the best educational experience possible. Students will also participate in regular collaborative projects with an entrepreneurial emphasis.

Teacher

We will provide you with a teacher to help you with your student’s educational needs. Your teacher will work with you to develop an individualized education plan for your student. You will have regular contact with your teacher throughout the year where you will continued support in following through with the outlined education plan and to discuss goals and progress

Curriculum

As part of an individualized education plan, your teacher will provide curriculum that will best meet the needs of your student. Examples of curriculums that may be identified to meet your student’s needs include: Montessori curriculum and manipulatives, Saxon Math, Math Mammoth, Right Start, Singapore, Math U See, Teaching Textbooks, Critical Thinking, Moving Beyond the Page, Spelling Workout, Growing with Grammar, Soaring with Spelling, Winning with Writing, All About Reading, All About Spelling, Logic of English, Language Smarts, Explode the Code, First Language Lessons, Institute for Excellence in Writing and others.

Resources and Technology

We provide you with the resources you need to facilitate an enriching learning environment for your student. Resources that your teacher may provide include microscopes, telescopes, Mango Math games, science kits,  literature packets, Life of Fred,  literature guides, art history kits, and Montessori supplies.  Chromebooks areprovided for student use as needed.

Project Day

Your child will also participate in a weekly Project Day.  Project Day will include project-based field experiences. During Project Day, students are able to interact with peers while engaging in interactive, hands-on learning.  History, science, STEM, entrepreneurship, and team building are all woven together in a Montessori-style learning experience to spark their curiosity about the world in which they live.

Field Trips

Students may attend regular field trips created by the program teachers.  We offer families the opportunity for younger siblings to attend as well. Transportation and supervision for the field trips is provided by the family.

Montessori

Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms, children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.

Why Montessori:

• Each child is valued as a unique individual. Children learn in different ways, so students are also free to learn at their own pace, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.

• Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.

• Self-correction and self-assessment are integral. As students mature, they learn to look critically at their work.

• Students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence.

• The multi-age classroom—typically spanning 3 years—re-creates a family structure. Older students enjoy being role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence.

• Working within parameters set by their teachers, students are active in deciding what their focus will be. Internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and results in joyous learning.

This approach to education works. Both the Montessori curriculum and the approach that it takes to personalized learning have proven to be very successful in developing a strong academic foundation in younger students. Students have shown to have better reading and math skills than their peers in traditional schools. In addition, they demonstrated higher on tests measuring social and behavior development.

Project Based Learning

Creative Problem Solving

Open-ended challenges with defined objectives, but infinite solutions, stimulate the imagination and spark creativity. Each day at Ignite Academy, compelling problems have students stretching themselves and applying creativity to find solutions as they embark on their project. While they may learn some interesting facts and develop new skills, the most powerful learning is not related to the content of the project, but to the process of the hands-on learning which allows them to design, build, test, fail, design, build, test, in a cycle that promotes innovation and creative problem solving.

 Collaboration

Having everyone work on the same challenge provides an opportunity for collaboration as students search for solutions and improvements to their projects. Guided by teachers, students learn how to increase their own potential by seeking feedback and working with others.

 Confidence

Taking an idea and bringing it to fruition with one’s own hands is a powerful experience and one that can lead to taking on greater and greater challenges, creating a pattern of success and building self-confidence.

 Not every attempt is successful, so an important part of this process is developing a new relationship with failure. Through hands-on experimentation, students learn that failure is part of the creative process and not a sign of personal inadequacy or an indication that something is too difficult. This mindset allows a child’s innate curiosity to thrive and confidence to remain intact through missteps and set-backs.