The DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment, Inc. will be recognized as one of the top ten charter schools in the state of Georgia and the nation. Students will be engaged in a challenging curriculum that is focused on inquiry-based, hands-on learning while comfortably using technology and environment. Students will also share responsibility for the protection, conservation, and enhancement of the environment for present and future generations.

Review from Constituent:

As an educationally innovative learning institution, Dekalb Academy of Technology & Environment charter school metaphorically resembles the popular Rubik’s cube. A stimulating, yet challenging mind piece, the Rubik represents integrative puzzling in its finest. Like that of Dekalb Academy, which was complex, strategic, and systematic in its formation, the mechanism’s of the Rubik is also strategic in its objective.

For example, to achieve a uniform construct on all sides of the Rubik requires analytical processes and strategy to re-assort the diverse, color cubes within a multitude of ways (diagonal, horizontal, and vertical). By doing so requires a form of systems thinking—a process in which learners, from a complex perspective, begin to recognize the patterns and inter-relationships to achieve competitive advantages (Senge, 1999). Thus, by facilitating this uniformed outcome through recognition of cube patterns, liabilities, etc. can enable a more defined advantage to achieve completion of the Rubik’s cube.

Systems thinking, connective learning, and strategy align similarly with both Dekalb Academy and the Rubik. Since its inception, the charter school—through active execution of is mission and vision—has systematically recognized the criteria needed for: (a) effective interrelationships, uniform cultures and ideals, and (b) learning to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making. The process has endured definitive challenges which at times, have compromised its position as integrative, transcending learning institution.

However, like that of the Rubik, which requires a systematic approach to understanding the complex patterns for uniformity, Dekalb Academy also strives for evolved system thinking patterns for resonant learning and progressive organizational growth.