What makes the Adianta School Different?

As I’ve gone around the country talking to young people I am asked sometimes to review and recap what is distinctive and different about the Adianta School. I’ll summarize those points here.

Learn by Doing. This is easy to say, easy to hear, but really hard to actually understand. Unfortunately, so many young people have never been exposed to real learning by doing. They’ve only ever known rote approaches to siting in classrooms, taking notes, preparing for exams, giving exams, comparing exam results. To really do learning by doing you have to break the classroom as we know it and send people out into the world again. You have to recenter the entire educational experience around individual, peer-based and team challenges. You have to change the dynamic between student and teacher, opening up knowledge into something discovered by the student rather than transmitted by the teacher. Learning by doing may involve field-research, industry projects, design challenges, role-playing and simulation, serious gaming, interactional exercises, among other kinds of competitive and collaborative activities.

Nine-Square Curriculum. The Adianta School integrates three distinct pillars of learning: Innovate, Build, Lead. It teaches processes of product development, entrepreneurship and organization building, and the soft-skills of leadership. Each pillar is broken down into three component modules which are taught with different field exercises, industry-defined challenges, design problems, and other forms of competitive and collaborative interaction that burn new skills into the mind and body of the student. This curriculum brings together design, entrepreneurship and leadership in a radical new way, unlike any prior program anywhere in the world.

Global Network of Mentors. The Adianta School is a collaboration between four complementary organizations: CKS (India), TU Delft School of Design (Holland), NESTA (UK), and SIX (Global). Each batch of students is exposed to 20 visiting faculty from around the world, and gains access to more than a 100 global mentors and advisors.

Interpersonal and Social Media Skills. We perceive that every student must carve out their own career path and build their own future. Social media skills, presentation skills, communications skills are all critical to helping a young person achieve such goals. These cannot be taught in classrooms, but have to be drilled, practiced, reviewed and improved.

Peer-based Learning and Evaluation. There are many things young people pick up from each other, which the formal educational system never recognizes. We encourage peer-based learning to grow complex media and interactional skills as well as peer-based evaluation to hold students to the highest contemporary standards. There is never any good enough — there is only as good as someone around you has gotten.

Innovation-based Internships. Students work with counselors to set up three month innovation internships in diverse industries. These can be very varied, including sectors such as healthcare, medical technologies, color, automobiles and mobility, infrastructure, financial services among many others. Our students choose a path for themselves and begin reaching out to industry from the day they join — not when they are ready to leave the school.

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