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The mission of the Explore Academy is to create the space for students to drive their curiosity and innovation.

At AUP our goal is not only to develop students within the standard model of education, that is, math, English, history and science, but also to look at one’s environment as a place of change, growth, and inspiration. With that in mind, the AUP Explore Academy is designed to drive student’s intellectual and creative curiosity in a larger urban context. Ultimately, the urban setting is perfect to optimize a student’s passions and healthy citizenship.

The relationship between the teacher and student is a lead-learning teaching strategy. Students define and customize their areas of interest and apply themselves to developing several skills sets towards their final goal. On top of this, in the DTLA Project students investigate how professionals in the public and private sectors are approaching major urban issues.

AUP’s faculty mentors students in these projects and assists them in connecting the curricular content to the issues. For instance, if a student has an interest in business, a teacher will help the student explore how the banking system and markets drive major development projects, which may then have an impact on the homelessness and transportation issues. Or, if students have an interest in computer technology, they may produce a documentary on how LA’s current revitalization movement utilizes scooter and app technology to solve transportation issues.

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