Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship

Lark’s Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship (IDE) Program is designed for teenagers ready to have agency in their learning. We are a community-focused cohort of diverse voices ready to tackle hard issues, gain real skills, push ourselves, be heard, and support each other. We are here to provide grounding, strength, resilience, and optimism for students now and to take them into the future. 

Solution Oriented

Our program guides students through the design-thinking process to identify and solve a real problem. They will research that problem- large or small, tangible or not- and design a procedure or product to solve it. And this work isn’t theoretical, students will implement their solution by the end of 12 weeks.

Community Connection

Our program looks a lot more like a start-up incubator or accelerator than a high school. IDE students build community, network, and collaborate by experiencing shared challenges, peer support, and engagement with real experts. At IDE, learning is about whole-person development, including social and emotional wellness, not just academics. 


Who should apply to IDE?

Students who want to take charge of their learning, embrace 21st Century skills, and get real-world experience. We believe the pursuit of innovation, design, and entrepreneurship applies to all fields and encompasses all learners, from the artistic dreamer to the mathematically-focused engineer to the detail-oriented programmer. 

We generally recommend students be rising freshmen to rising juniors. That said, we don’t really believe in grade bands and understand a rising 8th grader, senior, or recent graduate may be an equally good fit for our cohort. 

If this program feels right to you and you are a teen, apply. We want to hear from you. 


Is this a full-time high school program?

IDE is a 12-week (one trimester) program offering an alternative to the traditional high school experience. Those 12 weeks are full-time: students attend live virtual sessions in addition to asynchronous work. 

We know families are grappling with a lot of uncertainty. Our goal, as ever, is to provide real education for the world we live in- including these historic times. The individual trimester model of IDE is intentional to help support changing family needs. 


So it is all online?

Yep- Fall 2020 IDE will be totally online. Our hope is to have in-person options in the future once we know we can support your health and safety. 


Can students attend IDE all year? 

Engaged IDE students can reassert their interest to continue to the next trimester without a formal reapplication. So yes, students can attend all year. 


What is the application process?

Applications will be open in August. Students will be required to write a personal statement and submit some basic information about their past school experience. No test scores or transcripts are needed to apply. A virtual interview will be set up after the first round to answer any questions and ensure IDE is a good fit for all involved.


If a student doesn’t get into the fall cohort, can they apply again?

Absolutely! Spaces are limited and competition is tough; we welcome re-application.  


Is this program accredited? 

Lark is in the accreditation process with WASC. This takes about 12 months and includes rigorous curriculum accountability and evaluation visits. 


Can students earn a regular high school diploma at Lark?

Lark is a member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a nationwide organization redesigning the high school transcript for the 21st century in collaboration with college admissions offices. This model uses proficiency, rather than letter grades, to show mastery. 

IDE students will exit with an MTC transcript and a portfolio of their work. Not to mention a network and real job skills!


Will IDE students have access to electives or classes outside of their project?

Lark Labs, a monthly suite of curiosity and interest focused classes, will be available to IDE students. Topics include Beginning Filmmaking, Podcast Creation, Worldbuilding, and Adulthood 101. These classes are short form (usually 1-3 hours per week for one month) and designed to supplement and support students through the exploration of hobbies, interests, and hard skills. 

Monthly courses from Lark Labs are open to all teens, not just IDE students.  


How much does IDE cost?

$2,500-$3,000 per trimester

We never want cost to be a barrier to education. Our tuition range is intended to allow families to pay what they can afford. We are working to develop a scholarship fund and provide more substantial financial support to those in need. If cost is the only thing holding you back from applying to IDE, please send us an email and let us know your situation. We want to work with you. 

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Now Accepting IDE Applications

Ready for an innovative and individualized high school experience?
Apply for the IDE Program today!