All students have the potential to have an impact. FLEX Impacter Pathway provides students with the training and opportunities they need to make valuable contributions to the people and communities around them.
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Meaningful impact is a manifestation of strong social and emotional (SEL) competencies. FLEX Impacter Pathway trains students to become strong collaborators, communicators, and problem-solvers. Through engaging courses, coaching, technology, and capstone projects, students develop the skills they need to have a meaningful impact on their communities.
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Impacter Pathway Curriculum
Students who want to make an impact for college admissions and beyond receive end-to-end support in building a resume of impactful experiences. Students get personalized coaching in creating an actionable plan, develop an online presence for documenting their achievements, and receive support in earning a Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Students master SEL skills through a dynamic, customized learning experience. Impacter courses use a blended learning model: adaptive learning technology customizes interactive moments for students and personalized skills-coaching occurs in small group workshops.
Courses include: Impacter 101: Foundations for Leadership • University of YOU: Know Thyself • Goal Setting & Habits That Stick • Finding Your Role to Make Teams Work • Everyone’s An Influencer: Leadership for Change • Strategies for Problem Solving
FLEX HeadStart Subjects
Students from 6th–10th grade participate in courses that stoke their intellectual curiosity and help them engage with their passions. Supported by high-level instruction and long-term guidance, students learn how to put their learning into action. FLEX HeadStart students actively find meaningful opportunities through publications, competitions, and extracurricular activities.
Students develop research skills, prepare for science and math competitions, and write for contests and publications
Social Sciences & Pre-Law (Coming Fall 2023)
Opportunities to have fun while developing skills with high practical value, regardless of a student’s chosen academic pathway
Frequently Asked Questions
The FLEX HeadStart program is unique in its focus on both high-level academic enrichment and meaningful opportunities to apply knowledge in exciting and novel experiences. These experiences are often formative for younger students who are figuring out where their passions lie.
HeadStart classes run throughout the year. Terms are divided by seasons: spring (February to April), summer (June to August), and fall/winter (October to December). Most courses are conducted in twelve 90-minute sessions.
The average teacher–student ratio in HeadStart classes is 1 to 8.
Both in-person and virtual classes are offered, though offerings may vary by term.
For the most seamless learning experience, we generally recommend that students take HeadStart courses in order, as some courses build on concepts covered in previous courses. However, it is possible for students to take courses out of sequence.
HeadStart instructors are highly experienced graduates of top colleges and universities. They are carefully vetted, trained, and supervised to ensure that every minute of time with a student adds value and has a positive impact on the student’s academic development and character.