A+ UNLIMITED POTENTIAL (A+UP) IS HOUSTON’S 1ST MOBILE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Learn about student projects, museum partners, and more at the school’s website, www.aplusup.org.
Innovative. Individualized. Museum-based. Technology-infused. Flexible. Relevant. Aspirational. These adjectives describe A+UP, a free private middle school that opened in the fall of 2013 in Houston’s Museum District. Launched by Houston A+ Challenge in collaboration with seven Museum District institutions, A+UP unlocks the unlimited potential of students while exploring the potential of technology to revolutionize learning.
Exploring the Potential of G.R.E.A.T. Personalized Learning
A+UP serves as a an incubator for G.R.E.A.T Personalized Learning – a framework that builds classroom community, strengthens student engagement and ownership, prioritizes relationships, and incorporates online and community resources. In just its first year, the A+UP model is achieving incredible results in student growth. Learn more about the G.R.E.A.T Personalized Learning framework and find out how A+ can help your school personalize learning at our Campuses page.
In 2014, A+ partnered with Neighborhood Centers, Inc., to bring personalized learning to sixth graders at Ripley Middle School, a Promise Community School in Houston’s East End neighborhood. Through this partnership, A+ is exploring how G.R.E.A.T. Personalized Learning can be replicated and scaled in a traditional school setting. In 2015, A+UP submitted an application to the state of Texas to become a charter school. If awarded, the new school will open in Fall 2016. To find out how you can support the growth of the A+UP model, or bring G.R.E.A.T. Personalized Learning to your school or district, contact Scott Van Beck.
A+UP In the News
- “Unlimited Potential For A Small Middle Grade Flex Program,” Education Week, February 17, 2015 Read More
- ” ‘Mobile’ Schools Use Technology to Break Free of the Classroom,” Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2014 Read More
- “Students on ‘Perpetual Field Trip’ With New Mobile, Tech School,” Houston Public Media, March 10, 2014 Read More
- “New Museum District exhibit: middle school,” Houston Chronicle, June 10, 2013 Read More
BY THE NUMBERS
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In A+UP’s first year:
years’ growth in reading skills
years’ growth in math skills
total books read
Museum District Partners
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Holocaust Museum
- Health Museum
- Asia Society
- Museum of Natural Sciences
- Houston Zoo
- Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center