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Our Mission

What We Stand For

The mission of Griffin Academy is to prepare our diverse student body for success in college, careers, and civic engagement. Students graduate from GA with the knowledge, skills, and habits to succeed in college and to be thoughtful and contributing citizens.

Our History

Mare Island Technology Academy (MIT) was established in 1999 as an Independent Charter…

…by deeply committed community members seeking to create a safe learning environment with rigorous academic standards, specializing in technology, innovative instruction and project-based learning. MIT Academy has grown since its inception and currently has a waitlist at each grade level. To meet the increasing demand from parents and students, MIT opened Griffin Academy, August 2018 beginning with 140 sixth and seventh grade students and adding a new class each year thereafter. Griffin Academy offers an engaging, rigorous and personalized academic curriculum, Summit Learning, that ensures students master and apply grade level content. In addition, Griffin students will engage in a social-emotional curriculum that builds skills allowing them to make good choices, maintain healthy relationships with peers and adults, become self-aware and ultimately become self-directed learners.
Our Instructional Model


At Griffin Academy, the framework for the instructional design in the core academic and technology courses is from Summit Learning. The curriculum was developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), based on an analysis of the Summit Charter Schools’ curriculum, data, and feedback by students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Since 2013, Summit Public Schools has partnered with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, & Equity (SCALE) to develop performance assessment tools and systems that support and build teachers’ capacity to build better performance assessments and to implement performance assessment effectively and equitably. MIT Griffin Academy, as a Summit Learning partner school, is the beneficiary of this extensive, research-based curriculum effort. Spanish was added to this group in 2019-20.

Teachers facilitate authentic, deeper learning projects and provide coaching and feedback on cognitive skills. Students engage with projects that connect the classroom to the real world. When students work in teams to apply what they’re learning to projects that mimic and solve real-world problems, they develop strong collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.

  • Coaching and feedback on cognitive skills
  • Real-world classroom projects
  • Emphasis on strong collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills

Teachers target instruction individually and in small groups based on real-time student assessment data. Students work through playlists of Common Core and NGSS-aligned content at their own pace and take assessments on demand.

  • Individualized instruction
  • Real-time assessments
  • Self-paced learning

Teachers mentor students in weekly check-ins, providing ongoing feedback and serving as a coach and advocate. to develop habits of success such as learning strategies, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. Students reflect on their experiences with their mentor and develop habits of success, including learning strategies, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.

  • Regular feedback and coaching
  • Developing key learning habits
  • Developing personal responsibilities

Teachers develop strong relationships with students to understand their aspirations, help them set goals and reflect on their progress through weekly mentoring check ins. Students make a plan for success in college, career and life. No matter what students want to accomplish in their lives, they need a plan to make that dream a reality. Students set and track short-term academic goals and long-term college and career goals.

  • Strong mentoring relationships
  • Developing personalized plans
  • Understanding the big picture of learning
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