Our Approach

Welcome to a new kind of school. A school where students will not only excel academically, but where they will develop into the next generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Welcome to VentureSchool.

VentureSchool is...

Student-Centered.

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The wants and needs of our students are at the center of everything that we do at VentureSchool. From the design of the physical learning space to the teacher-generated curriculum, everything has been crafted with student needs in mind. This creates a unique and tailored educational experience for each student.

Our academic program is built upon three pillars: flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness. While VentureSchool prides itself on offering a rigorous and robust curriculum geared toward maximizing student learning, we realize that not everything follows a neat, organized pattern. We want our students to be able to pursue their interests as well as work at a pace that both solidifies fundamentals and challenges them to grow academically.

Part of being student-centered means making sure that VentureSchool is open and available to students for learning on an extended-day and extended-year schedule. Learning doesn’t stop when the summer rolls around or after 3:00 p.m. during the week, so VentureSchool will be open longer to give its students more opportunities to learn and grow. But this doesn’t mean that students will be restricted to the classroom during the school day. We will use the city of Detroit as an extension of our learning environment and use what’s in our backyard to enhance the VentureSchool experience as much as possible.

Entrepreneurially-Focused.

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What makes VentureSchool especially unique among other high schools throughout the country is that we give every student the opportunity to build a venture (non-profit organization or for-profit company) of their own from the ground-up. By the time they graduate from VentureSchool, students will not only earn a diploma, but can have a full-fledged plan to continue growing their venture. We believe that the entrepreneurial process is the best way to learn valuable life skills that can be translated to work in the classroom and life beyond high school. After unlocking their confidence and finding their spark at VentureSchool, nothing will stand in the way of our students' success.

VentureSchool students will embark on a series of phases to aid in their development as a student and an entrepreneur:

DISCOVER

A student’s first year at VentureSchool is all about discovering what he or she is passionate about, connecting with people in the community who can serve as mentors for them along their journey, establishing entrepreneurial fundamentals, and getting acclimated in the VentureSchool culture.

GROW

After discovering what they are passionate about, VentureSchool students will focus on refining their passion into the beginnings of what their venture will become. Students will work with mentors and the VentureSchool community to build a network of supporters and potential team members.

CHALLENGE

During students' third year at VentureSchool, they will take their passion and challenge it. This will involve subjecting one’s ideas to a great deal of constructive criticism, as well as developing a concrete pitch that will ultimately be presented at graduation. 

LAUNCH

Launch year is the final year of a student’s VentureSchool experience. During this time, students will take the final steps to launching their ventures. At graduation, students will make their final pitch to venture capitalists and investors, and receive additional funding to continue bringing their ideas to life.

Community-Rooted

At VentureSchool, we believe in the power of unified neighborhoods and the ability for schools to serve as the heart of communities. Furthermore, we believe that a community that learns together grows stronger together. VentureSchool will not only be a place for students to receive an excellent education, but for residents of the neighborhood to use as a gathering place and resource center


The VentureSchool5

At VentureSchool, we are intentional about developing a supportive and inclusive culture that will help our students grow and thrive as leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Our culture is rooted in five core principles called the VentureSchool5:

Embrace the Uncertain
We are curious, have an open mind, and believe that maintaining full control shouldn’t be the ultimate goal. We believe in the value of taking a risk and learning from mistakes along the way.

Radiate Respect
As members of the VentureSchool community, we treat fellow members of the community with dignity and respect. To demonstrate respect, we start with a foundation of celebrating diversity, embracing new perspectives, and ultimately treating others the way they want to be treated.

Pursue Excellence
We know that it is difficult to achieve excellence, but it should be our only pursuit. We owe it to ourselves and those who support us to invest our full energy into becoming the best we can be. 

Be Proud
At VentureSchool, we take ownership over our work, and are proud of what we create. Every day is a page written for our lasting legacy. We will make every page count.

Find Joy
There is a reason to be joyful and celebrate the opportunities and possibilities that life brings us every day. We will strive to find happiness in not what we can give to ourselves, but from what we can do for others.