Mission/Vision: Our Classroom is the World
At Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy, our classroom is the world, and this particular world incorporates learning at a living, breathing airport, which allows students the unique opportunity to experience learning unlike any other. We are a STEAM program that is infused with and inspired by aviation. Although we use aviation as a focus for our learners, our school is much more than that. Of course, we are the school for students who are interested in working in the field of aviation. But, we are also the school for students who want to become artists, computer scientists, lawyers, programmers, culinary artists, police officers, teachers, and so much more.
We believe that personalizing learning for our students is the key to igniting each student’s passion for learning through a multi-faceted approach to teaching. We personalize our approach for each student by collaborating with them, their parents and mentors, and each other in order to successfully discover each student’s career passion and create life-long learners who are involved members of their community. Our high school is our vision of a Global Transitions Program, specializing in transportation technology, travel and cultures and the science that connects us all while providing students targeted internships within the community, the opportunity to further explore their career goals within “Career Technical Education” courses, and a first experience attending college-level courses while still being supported by their high school teachers.
Each Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy student is valued as an individual. Teachers know each student both as a human being and as a learner. The learning environment is designed so that each student has time and space to pursue academic and personal learning goals through a variety of means. Authentic and real-world learning experiences are consistently prioritized over traditional textbook methods. Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy learners are empowered with knowledge of their preferred learning style, tools they can use to master a learning goal, and significant choice in the learning process.
Collaborating with their teacher, each student creates an individual learning path whereby s/he can attain measurable and achievable weekly and yearly goals (at least one year’s growth for students on or above grade level, 1.5 for students below grade level.)
It is vital that we personalize the learning for our students, ensuring that our educational philosophy is student-centered. By taking such an approach, we ensure that each individual child learns according to their unique learning style, which helps to maximize their potential. When the focus of learning is on each individual student’s interests and passions, they are empowered to learn.
At the beginning of the year, each student sets academic and personal goals for the year. We discuss these individual goals with the students regularly, guiding, supporting and modifying as needed for them to be successful at reaching these goals. Knowing there is no one path towards any goal, we help support our students along their learning journey to a positive conclusion.
Our students at Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy 6th-12th grade have many interests. They attend their CSU/UC approved classes, partake in spirit days, celebrate during school dances, and collaborate on projects. However, our students also have the opportunity to take college-level aviation classes onsite and build relationships with current and former pilots. They also learn about various careers from guest speakers.
All high school students take Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway classes that align with their career aspirations. Students select from online or seat-based course offerings in 13 different career fields. The following seat-based classes are offered at our site:
- Design, Visual and Media Arts
- Business Management
- Public Safety
- System Diagnostics Service and Repair
At the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy, we do not simply have a classroom comprised of four walls, windows, and one or two doors. Our classroom is also the community. Being a Global Transitions Program, we place authentic learning as a high priority. We prepare our students to pursue their future career goals by interning with employers in the community. These internships can take place at and around the airport, as well as in the local city and nearby cities. Our students get to explore their interests in the actual environments of the profession, learning skills that cannot be found in any classroom.