Project Based Learning Academy

Welcome to our AMS PBL Academy Parent Page!

The AMS PBL Academy is an exciting program that will be available to select 6th grade students who are entering Avalon for the 2021-2022 school year.  The academy is a school-within-a-school focused on PBL - project and problem based learning. In this program, students learn the standards while completing extended real-world projects emphasizing inquiry, creativity, and collaboration.  We have set up this page to provide you with information about the program.

*Our PBL Application window for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed.  

Program Overview

The two presentation links below give an overview of the PBL Academy and some examples of what our AMS PBL students do. AMS PBL Academy- 2021-22 What Are AMS PBL Students Doing?

PBL Partner Request

One of our goals in the PBL Academy is to help students make connections between what they are studying and the real world. We are looking for people from a variety of professions and workplaces who are willing to partner with us in any of the following ways:

  • Serving as a guest speaker (in person or through Skype or some other video conferencing tool) on topics related to your job.

  • Being willing to be interviewed (in person or through an electronic means) by students about your job, skills needed in your profession and/or what you had to do to prepare for your job.

  • Being willing to display student work in your place of business.

  • Serving as a content area expert for student projects.

  • Judging students' projects and providing feedback based on industry/professional standards.

  • Allowing students to tour your workplace on a field trip.

  • Being a community project client by allowing students to create products for your business, nonprofit organization or agency.

We hope to have partners in as many professions as possible since the projects will vary in topics and fields throughout the year; however, for our first project of the year, we need people familiar with branding and advertising.

If you are willing to serve as an AMS PBL Partner, please complete this brief survey. Contact Ms. Wax at [email protected] if you have any questions. We appreciate your support!