What is different about Life Academy? Principal Aryn Bowman credits much of the school’s success to its small size, social justice emphasis, rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, and a deeply committed teaching staff. We explore the second of those four “keys to success” below.

Social justice is at the heart of Life Academy’s mission. Their aim to set low-income students on track to enter the health and bioscience field is a direct challenge to the status quo. As Hillary Walker, a 12th grade Humanities teacher, puts it: “Fundamentally the school is built on a mission that has a social justice message. Every teacher at this school chooses to be here and work with the students we work with so social justice is important to everyone.” That feeling is echoed by students and evidenced in the way the teaching staff and administrators design curriculum.