Academy of Exploration

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    Through a child’s learning experience at the Academy of Exploration, students will learn their grade-level curriculum through the lens of science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM. AOE has a heavy emphasis on engineering and through an expansion and new facility, students will be able to immerse themselves in a learning environment centered around design thinking, building and constructing, iteration, and problem-solving. 

    During the 2023-2024 school year, the Academy of Exploration will be expanded to include 6th grade. Through this expansion, students will now get to attend this program at a new learning facility. The planned location is a customized learning facility located on Hillcrest High School’s campus, currently known as “The Annex” and was previously Fairview Elementary. Renovations are slated to begin in early 2023. As the project progresses, we will continue to update you should construction impact our timeline.

AOE in Action

Program Information

Should you Apply for Academy of Exploration?

    • Are you interested in science, technology, engineering, or math?
    • Do you like to build or create inventions?
    • Do you like to learn from others?
    • Are you a risk taker?
    • Do you ask questions to better understand a problem?
    • Do you think differently than others about solving problems?
    • Do you like to understand how things work?

    If you selected the majority of these, then you might be a great fit.


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  • Application window for the 2024-2025 school year has closed.


    • Any 3rd-5th grade SPS student or any non-SPS students who live within the SPS attendance area are eligible to apply for their 4th-6th grade year.  

    • Eligible students must have satisfactory attendance and behavior.

    • Selected students will be selected through an automated lottery system.

    • Applications are accepted November-December each year.


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