The REDI Lab at CA is a 12-week, spring trimester “school-within-a-school” experience. REDI is an acronym for the cornerstones of the program: Research, Entrepreneurship, Design, and Inquiry. The program is highly personalized and collaborative and uses self-directed learning as an opportunity for high school juniors to grow as problem solvers who are better prepare them for college and work readiness.
The Lab was created to challenge students to exert more agency and independence in their education. It gives students the time and support to work on an innovative project while also completing the course work required to maintain their path toward graduation. The time comes in the context of a redefined school day and the support in the form of a network of experts comprised by CA faculty and members of the larger community.
Students in the Lab are guided through the design thinking process to create innovative projects. Our vision of these projects is as diverse as student interest. With so many possibilities, a student project could lead to new product or service development or the authoring of a book or the creation of an art installation. As students work to complete their projects, they will:
- strengthen their research, writing, and design skills
- use freedom and purpose to drive their own learning
- exercise more ownership in their work to differentiate themselves
The REDI Lab launches on the Colorado Academy campus with its first group of 6-10 students in the spring of 2017. In its pilot year, Lab admission is limited to Colorado Academy juniors.
Application deadlines for REDI Lab 2017-18 will be October 2017; check back in May 2017 for updated details and deadlines.