LEAD Innovation Studio


   

Principal

Dr. Stanley

Dr. Ryan Stanley

LEAD Innovation Studio Principal

Dr. Ryan Stanley is looking forward to working with the LEAD Innovation Studio's students and staff members! Dr. Stanley is currently the district coordinator for curriculum and student services. 

Before that, his Park Hill experience included serving as assistant principal at Congress Middle School and teaching social studies at Lakeview Middle School and Park Hill High School. He began his career as a high school social studies and German teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. 

About the LEAD Innovation Studio

8th Grade LEAD Innovation Studio Application (pdf)  
LEAD Innovation Studio Brochure (pdf)

LEAD Innovation StudioFor some students in the Park Hill School District, high school will look very different next year.

Students will experience a full-day program at the LEAD Innovation Studio in a leased office space, where they will immerse themselves in a flexible, personalized learning environment, focused on problem-solving skills, project-based learning and professional experiences.

At the LEAD Innovation Studio, students will take an active role in their learning, while teachers will provide the support and mentoring all students need. Cutting-edge technology will allow students to work toward their individual goals with teachers facilitating their learning.

The program will start in the 2017-2018 school year with freshmen, while 11th and 12th graders will be able to enroll in a half-day program, including professional studies internships, fanning out across the community to learn directly from professionals in the fields that interest them.

Over the next four years, the full-day program at the LEAD Innovation Studio will expand to include sophomores, then juniors and then seniors, with the upperclassmen continuing to experience professional studies internships.

While students will take all their classes at the LEAD Innovation Studio, they will still be Park Hill High School Trojans or Park Hill South Panthers, and they will be able to participate in activities at their home high schools, such as band, sports and dances.

We invite all incoming freshmen to apply to attend the LEAD Innovation Studio, as the school’s personalized approach will appeal to students of all backgrounds and with all kinds of interests and goals.

Incoming juniors and seniors can now enroll in the professional studies internships.

Applications are now open!  Openings are limited.

8th Grade LEAD Innovation Studio Application (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the LEAD Innovation Studio?
All students entering ninth grade in the 2017-18 school year can apply for LEAD. Park Hill professional studies students in 11th and 12th grades will also have a home base for their coursework at the LEAD Innovation Studio.

Where is the LEAD Innovation Studio located?
We will lease a space. Check back soon to find out where!

What kind of students would benefit from this program?
We invite all incoming freshmen to apply to attend the LEAD Innovation Studio, as the school’s personalized approach will appeal to students of all backgrounds and with all kinds of interests and goals.

Will students still get to experience traditional high-school activities and events?
While students will take all their classes at the LEAD Innovation Studio, they will still be Park Hill High School Trojans or Park Hill South Panthers, and they will be able to participate in activities at their home high schools, such as band, sports and dances.

How will students be chosen to attend the LEAD Innovation Studio?
The target number of incoming freshmen at LEAD next year is 150. Should we receive more than 150 applications, we will use a lottery system to select students. The goal is for the overall student population at LEAD to mirror the student population at Park Hill and Park Hill South High Schools in all aspects.

When will I know my student has been chosen to attend the LEAD Innovation Studio?
Students will get their notifications about acceptance by the end of February.

Will students be able to participate in electives at their home high schools?
The full-day LEAD students will have schedules that allow them to complete their LEAD coursework as well as participate in band, orchestra, and choir at their home high schools. We will provide transportation. LEAD students may also participate in other activities that occur during the school day at the home high schools. The principals will determine these on a case-by-case basis.

Will my student be at the LEAD Innovation Studio for a full or half day?
Incoming ninth graders will take coursework at the LEAD Innovation Studio for a full day, except for those who take band, orchestra, and choir. Park Hill professional studies 11th- and 12th-grade students will have the opportunity to take coursework for two blocks. One block consists of their Park Hill professional studies class, and the other block will consist of a Park Hill online course. We may make other scheduling considerations for these students, on a case-by-case basis.

How will my student get to the LEAD Innovation Studio?
Bus riders will catch the LEAD bus at their home high school at the beginning of the day and then will return at the end of the day in time to catch their bus home. Parent may transport students as well. Eleventh- and 12th-grade professional studies students may either drive to the site, ride with a parent or take the bus to the LEAD Innovation Studio.

How long is a student’s commitment to the LEAD Innovation Studio?
We ask that students commit to a full year at LEAD. Exceptions to this rule will be made on a case-by-case basis and in collaboration with the principal, student and parents.

What if students who complete their 9th grade year want to attend the next year?
Students may continue to attend as programming expands in future phases.

How many credits will my student attain at the LEAD Innovation Studio?
Students at the LEAD Innovation Studio will attain eight credits during their full-year experience, which is the same number of credits their peers attain at their home high schools.

What do future phases look like?
There are four phases to the growth of programming at the LEAD Innovation Studio. Students who attend in ninth grade can continue to attend in subsequent years.

  • Phase 1:

9th grade, full-day
11-12th grade professional studies students, half-day
Space for 150 ninth graders and 150 professional studies students

  • Phase 2:

9th and 10th grades, full-day
11-12th grade professional studies students, half-day
Space for 150 ninth graders, 150 10th graders and 150 professional studies students

  • Phase 3:

9th, 10th and 11th grades, full-day
12th grade professional studies students, half-day

  • Phase 4:

9th through 12th grades, full-day

How many students will attend LEAD Innovation Studio?
During the first year, the goal is for 150 ninth graders and 150 Park Hill professional studies students to attend this site.

Will it be an equal mix of Park Hill and Park Hill South students?
This depends on the applications received. The goal is to have the student population at the LEAD Innovation Studio mirror the student population at each high school.