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Innovation Program (IP)

The Innovation Program at Grandview Preparatory School is a personalized learning experience available to all students, which helps students discover design thinking, passion-based research, and develop hands-on skills. The course of study is customized based on the skills and interests of each individual student. It comprises a challenging skills-based curriculum and the completion of a completely student-run, in-depth project using student passions to enhance innovation and connect students to the community.

The Innovation Track has three components across grade levels:

  • Lower School Innovation for students in Pre-K to Grade 5

  • Middle School Innovation open to students in Grades 6 to 8

  • Upper School Innovation featuring a Passion Project and college-level Innovation Program (IP) courses (application required)

Why did Grandview develop the Innovation Program?

The Innovation Program is a natural extension of Grandview's founding vision. This challenging, student-centered approach to learning allows for engagement and personalization at each grade level. The program combines foundational requirements of a traditional curriculum with the flexibility for students to work at his or her individual pace and content area of interest. The time schedules allow for deeper learning and are best suited for students who are motivated to learn.

IP enhances our traditional curriculum by focusing on elements of content choice and project-based learning with an emphasis in further developing 21st century skills. All students will have a voice in the content they wish to focus on. Additionally, all major assessments are in the form of projects and presentations rather than standard testing. Grandview's faculty members still teach all classes; however, some classes may utilize a blended learning format with online enrichment resources.

In the Upper School Innovation Program, students have the opportunity to make choices in their education while taking the most academically challenging curriculum offered at Grandview. Additionally, students will engage in a passion-based project during the school week. Students will travel off campus for field trips and experiential learning opportunities on a regular basis.

The Passion Project

Upper School Innovation Program students complete a Passion Project each semester. The Passion Project is an in-depth research or product-based project course that uses student passions to enhance innovation and connect students to their community. Students will spend up to 20% of their school time on a passion project that will further academic learning while developing key 21st century skills. At the start of each semester, students will spend two to three weeks designing the project. With faculty facilitation and mentor support, students will work through a problem-based "backwards design" template to set up a desired outcome, a purpose, deliverables, objectives, and learning demonstrations. The Passion Project can be molded to fit the academic core needs of the individual student.

Additional Information

For more information regarding the Innovation Program and/or Passion Projects, please contact the Director of Innovation at

Important Documents

2017-2018 IP Course Statement of Purpose 

2017-2018 Passion Project Proposal & Summary of Methods

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