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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

In order to receive an application, interested students for the 2017-2018 school year should:


Technology in the classroom, huh? Tell me about that!

Being an Intrinsic student means immediate access to the most innovative new technology in schools:

Google Chromebooks: Your own, personal laptop, and the most important tool (other than your brain) in your education at Intrinsic. All you need is a wireless connection — which are strong and plentiful at our beautiful new campus — and you can tap into everything Intrinsic has to offer. If you need help getting Internet off campus, we also offer many solutions such as $10/month WiFi hotspots.

Smart Programs: Tackle fractions with Khan Academy, make claims with ThinkCERCA, and connect everything with Google Drive. Our suite of programs has been (and will continue to be) tested in order to improve your experience at school — and at home, where, with that handy wireless connection and Chromebook, you can go deeper with your work.

Got it. But why do I need to learn on a computer? I like books!

Technology has changed the world: from how we find information, to how we work, and even how we play. For most young people in the U.S.A., a world without the Internet and iPhones and PSPs sounds crazy; but to many of your teachers, that’s the world we lived in not too long ago. And schools are still catching up.

Intrinsic was built so that, when you graduate and go to college and pursue a career, you’ll have the professional skills you need.

Simply: You need to build your school experience around a computer because after you graduate from Intrinsic your world will be built around a computer. And, yes, we like books, too. We have a real library, with real paper books, and we’ll make sure you read them!

OK. But what about the teachers? Are they in the computer?

Technology means better access to teachers. Technology empowers teachers to offer targeted instruction and mentorship so they can help you get to where you want to go. Technology gives our teachers a better sense of you as a student: where you are great and where you are struggling, what you are passionate about and what you’re not. Technology streamlines the classroom and connects traditional tools — textbooks, lesson plans, assignments — in one place. Think of it this way: In a traditional classroom, a teacher has her desk and her files, and a student has his row and his seat and his backpack and his folders and textbooks. At Intrinsic, you have a Chromebook, and your teacher has a Chromebook, and the classroom — which we call a “pod” — is built to fit your needs.

Ummm… what’s a “pod?”

A pod is a big space with flexible furniture that a teacher can reorganize daily to accommodate his lesson plan. A pod makes our technology more usable, creating spaces for independent work, collaboration, instruction, and 1-on-1 time with teachers, which we prize. Learn more about it in our Explore The Pod section.

So are there sports? Music? Art? You know, normal high school stuff?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Just to name a few, we have — Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee. We’ll have a band/ensemble group. We’ll have clubs around art: photography, media, design, painting, and more. And we’ll have dances and all that other good stuff.