The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at John Wallace Middle School offers seventh and eighth grade students learning experiences among various aerospace professions, from pilot to astronaut to aerospace engineer. The curriculum is rigorous, integrated, and relevant to today’s world. It emphasizes project-based learning and problem-solving skills, and it develops students’ collaboration and critical thinking abilities. Students explore and research aerospace topics in depth, such as aeronautics, the aerospace environment, aerospace physiology, air navigation, and the physics and operation of space craft. The academy is designed for students who have a passion for science, math, and innovation, plus a strong interest in flight and space exploration. The new facility for the academy within John Wallace Middle School welcomed the first group of seventh grade students in the fall of 2015, then reached full capacity with fifty seventh and eighth grade students in the fall of 2016.
“THE SCHOOL SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE AS ITS AIM THAT THE [GRADUATE] LEAVE IT AS A HARMONIOUS PERSONALITY…THE DEVELOPMENT OF GENERAL ABILITY FOR INDEPENDENT THINKING AND JUDGMENT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PLACED FOREMOST, NOT THE ACQUISITION OF SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE.” ALBERT EINSTEIN, “ON EDUCATION” (1936)