At Ingenuity Charter, students become daily digital developers as they interact with course curriculum, exploring their career paths and joining a world increasingly navigated through technology. Students gain educational confidence by having lesson modules at their fingertips and realize achievement through an independent setting.

Because everyone learns differently, Ingenuity provides a space for students to work at their own pace, take control of their success and cultivate career goals.

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Quite simply, “there’s no excuse to fail,” says Deseray Germany, an Ingenuity Charter student.

Deseray has been with Ingenuity since the school’s inception last year. She was falling behind in several classes at her previous school, when she turned to Ingenuity for a distraction-free educational experience. The online courses keep her on track toward her goal of running her own business while giving her the capability to work on her assignments remotely, continuing her education from home while spending time with her family.

“I go through a lot, so being in this school, it works,” she says. “I was able to do all of my homework online, and now I’m caught up.”

Photo by Camille Lozano
Photo by Camille Lozano

Deseray says Ingenuity teachers and the online, Ingenuity curriculum, make things easy to understand, while the resource center, where students go to meet with teachers and ask questions, gives her a quiet place to focus.

“Education means a lot to me,” Deseray says. “I’ve learned new things, things that I didn’t learn at my other school. It’s going to help me all through life.”

She plans to practice medicine in the Navy, and then create her own counseling firm for at-risk youth. She says learning economics at Ingenuity has helped her to prepare for her career goals. A recent assignment—creating a virtual business—has given Deseray some insight into just what it’ll take to get started on her own business, such as how to work with a budget and look into costs.

Photo by Camille Lozano
Photo by Camille Lozano

“If you’re very independent, not afraid to ask questions or ask for help, if you’re the type who wants to get work done and do what you have to do to be successful, this is the place to be,” Nubia Thomas-Williams, another Ingenuity student says.

Nubia plans to be a journalist, so asking questions already comes natural. And writing? She’s got notebooks filled with thoughts, ideas and solutions. Nubia says Ingenuity is helping her prepare for a career of life-long learning through reporting and in the meantime, is helping her to hone her typing skills.

She transferred from a different charter school to Ingenuity in November, and before that, from a traditional public school. Nubia says it was hard to concentrate in the public school setting, with all of her friends around her and a lack of drive toward success.

At Ingenuity, it’s different.

“Now I have a better understanding of what I’m doing,” she says. “I just feel like I learn better when I’m working on a computer.”

She’s always struggled with math, but she says doing the work online makes it easier for her to take notes and study, because she can rewind back if she needs to. Now, math is just a little bit less intimidating.

But it’s also her supportive network of family and Ingenuity teachers who are helping to spur her toward success. With a quick email to her teacher or a lending hand from her mom, Nubia can excel in her unique learning environment at Ingenuity, alongside peers who push for life-long success.

Nubia plans on attending a four-year university, where she’ll work toward a journalism degree. She’s mulling over three different universities right now, but it’s clear success will follow her wherever she goes.

At a recent college expo, Southwestern College representatives shared an important message with the audience that included Nubia and her Ingenuity peers: Whether you decide to go to a community college, or a university, your decision doesn’t determine that you will be more successful than someone who has chosen the opposing educational path.

It’s about your personal drive, your ability to think critically and communicate effectively, your creativity and innovative spirit, and your willingness to acknowledge that collaboration spurs success. Every day, these are the qualities Ingenuity Charter fosters in its motivated students, helping them succeed through a unique blended-learning program. Giving them the technology, hands-on learning experiences and one-on-one tutoring they need now, to be the change makers of the future.

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