Norcross, GA, August 2, 2016 – The Post Reports – The Brookhaven Innovation Academy (BIA) is officially open for business after BIA Board of Directors, parents, supporters, and community leaders celebrated the opening of the school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. BIA says their school is “Georgia’s first Charter School offering blended learning combined with STEM Project based learning and computer coding beginning in Kindergarten.”
Positioned to serve students in grades K-6 in its first year, BIA will grow to serve K-8 by school year 2018-2019. BIA opens in a recently renovated 37,000 square foot campus as a temporary home for the school, located at 3159 Campus Drive in Norcross, utilizing a facility that was formerly a charter school which relocated due to its’ need for expansion. “Opening in a temporary location allows BIA’s Board of Directors to continue to pursue a permanent, state of the art facility,” says BIA.
BIA’s curriculum will offer students a rigorous program that focuses not only on content knowledge, but also the essential skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. The primary methods of instruction will be Project Based Learning and blended learning.
“Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge,” BIA explains. “Blended learning is an instructional method that utilizes both online and in-person learning experiences. At times, the student works independently using the online curriculum, and at other times students will work one-on-one or in a small group with their teacher. Blended learning allows for maximum personalization of learning.”
In addition to the STEM content areas, BIA says students will also take courses in English/language arts, social studies, physical education, music, computer coding and world language. The school will feature a maker’s lab, a media center, one to one technology, and classrooms with flexible furniture and equipment that can be easily rearranged for the wide variety of learning activities in which the students will participate.