Pride Prep Academics

Much of a student’s life at Pride Prep is experiential education, and they enjoy both independence and responsibility as they build a portfolio of work and craft a community that balances rights and responsibility.



Hands-on learning has been going on since the dawn of time. At PRIDE, we recognize the incredible impact that informal learning has for developing deeper learning.

At MIT, their slogan is "Mens et Manus" or "mind and hand." The folks at MIT understand that theoretical knowledge must be accompanied by a practical, hands-on experience. 

Here at PRIDE, students become familiar with a wide range of tools -- both analog and digital -- and build with their hands new products, publications, inventions, presentations and experiments. Students learn not only why things work, but how they work, and are challenged to make everything better.

When we use our hands to find a context for our new knowledge, we all stretch our comfort zones a little. This stretching results in increased confidence as a result of what one can do. For many, hands-on IS the portal through which they primarily learn. For them, boundaries collapse, and new knowledge becomes useful and memorable.



In his Maker Manifesto, Mark Hatch says "Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls."

At PRIDE, we embrace a culture of "doing" that is active and engaged beyond the traditional or other coursework experiences. We believe in making so much that we built a 2000 square foot "makerspace" with the generous help of the Paul G. Allen Foundation. We find that making energizes the creative spirit in students and adults, and helps them acquire and refine skills to encourage deeper learning and positive change around our community and world.

When we make things at PRIDE, a collaborative culture is nurtured and intellectual curiosity soars. Our students become creative problem-solvers who are familiar with the iterative hands-on approach to learning and doing.

We believe making is a powerful way for students to turn their ideas into reality, to create something of value that is uniquely their own. 


Over the last twenty years, technology has reorganized how we live, work, communicate, and learn. Traditional schooling evolved during a time of information scarcity where the sources of knowledge were confined to the books at hand and the expert in the room. Today, information and knowledge is found everywhere; "Know-how" and "know-what" has been supplemented with "know-where" -- the understanding of where to find the knowledge and expertise needed. We believe our students will live their entire lives in an ever-increasing technological world, and will need to become master digital learners as well as hands-on makers.

At PRIDE, our students are highly connected to knowledge networks, so that their learning -- both formal and informal -- can become highly personalized, self-paced, and powerful. Students approach core content learning through teacher-curated "playlists" of engaging resources, generating the kind of self-direction and motivation they will use for the rest of their lives.