Representatives of a pilot school will be holding two informational meeting about its programs Thursday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 17 at the Broadway Elementary School auditorium in Venice. Both meetings are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Incubator School, designed by Grand View Boulevard Elementary School teacher Sujata Bhatt, is described as “a 21st century learning community, engaging both students and teachers in active learning designed to address the dynamic complexities of the world in which we live.”
“Through a strong academic curriculum, creative uses of technology, a robust enrichment program, and flexible learning partnerships with the talent of our wonderful Westside, Inc.’s students, first as middle-schoolers and eventually in high school, are uniquely nurtured in their journey to adulthood,” Bhatt said.
Pilot schools are a combination of charter schools and traditional public schools. They have the freedoms of charter schools but are under direct school district control. They tend to focus on a particular theme and the Incubator School’s is geared toward entrepreneurship.
Representatives of this proposed school say that with its emphasis on inquiry and problem-solving, its curriculum will “develop in its students the skills and knowledge to think creatively, communicate effectively and act with integrity and purpose.”
The Incubator School was approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education, along with two other pilot schools March 23. They sought to colocate, or use classrooms and share facilities at Venice High School beginning in the fall but that plan was unsuccessful.
Bhatt’s school is now accepting applications for sixth and seventh grade students. Applications can be obtained at the meeting and mailed to Future Is Now Schools, 626 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90017.
Broadway Elementary School is at 1015 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

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