ATA aims to nurture the development of the next generation of great thinkers, creators, and change makers.  Our educational model prepares students to thrive in the classroom and lead lives of passion and purpose. We merge educational best practices and leadership development in an intimate environment that catalyzes maximum growth and development.
Four Cornerstones

1. Student-centered culture

As an intentionally small school, we truly believe in the importance of creating a close, tight-knight community, where all students feel seen, celebrated, and known.  We believe families are equal partners in their child’s education. It is in this type of nourishing environment that individuals are able to achieve their limitless potential.

2. Discussion-based learning

From studying the most elite schools in the country, we know that the highest quality learning experiences are hands-on, student-centered, and discussion-based.  We are taking these educational best practices that have been used in affluent schools for centuries and making them the norm at a school serving a population with fewer resources.

3. Leadership Development

We firmly believe that the most impactful leaders are people who know who they are and know how to connect with and inspire others to move in the direction of a common goal. While leadership development is infused into all academic disciplines, we also offer LEAD, a class solely focused on building student’s leadership capacities.  Our ultimate goal is to help students develop an ability to use their guiding principles and values to view the world through multiple perspectives and become young men and women of the highest character and conviction. 

4. P4C

We know that providing the best quality 21st century education means that we need to prepare our students for a future that we cannot even begin to imagine. This can only be done through the cultivation of transferable skills-- the P4C-problem solving,  communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Having these competencies will help our students become agile leaders and learners in a rapidly changing world. This toolkit will enable our kids thrive in the world of today and create the world of their dreams for tomorrow.