Fusion Academy

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Fusion Academy & Learning Center
Logo of Fusion Academy.jpg
TypeFor-profit
Established1989
Websitehttp://www.fusionacademy.com

Fusion Academy & Learning Center (often referred to as Fusion Academy or Fusion) is a private, for-profit alternative school for grades 6-12. All classes are taught on a one-to-one basis with one student and one teacher per classroom.[1] Students complete all schoolwork on-site, instead of at home.

History[edit]

Fusion Academy was founded in 1989 by Michelle Rose Gilman as an after-school tutoring program in her garage in Solana Beach, California. The company began to offer a full-time curriculum in 2001. In 2009, the company opened its second campus in Los Angeles. In 2011, Inc. Magazine included Fusion Academy in its annual "Inc. 5000" list of America's fastest-growing private companies, the second time the company had made the list.[2] Most campuses are not unionized, although one in Manhattan has recognized its union but not reached a contract.[3]

Campuses[edit]

Fusion Academy campuses are located throughout northern and southern California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. As of April, 2018, it had at least 45 locations.[4]

Academics[edit]

Fusion Academy operates year round and accommodates both full-time and part-time students, including those with ADHD and learning disabilities. Standard and honors-level courses include sciences, mathematics, history, social studies, the arts, English and foreign languages. Art and music enrichment programs cover topics such as studio art, performing arts, and music theory and recording. Customized summer programs are available in math, history, science, English and foreign languages. One hour breaks between classes (called "Homework Café") are intended to allow time to work on homework.

The school offers therapeutic support from outside professionals, compassion and tolerance education, staff mentoring, tutoring, organizational and homework assistance, and support in areas such as time management, preparation for high school entrance or SAT, ACT, GED exams, college applications and career planning.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is Fusion Academy?". Fusion Academy. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  2. ^ "Fusion Academy Named to Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies in America". PR Newswire. September 8, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "This DeVos-Style School Turned Teachers Into Gig Economy Workers". Fast Company. April 26, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "This DeVos-Style School Turned Teachers Into Gig Economy Workers". Fast Company. April 26, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.