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Mastery Academy: Academics

A world-class education based on the creation of world-changing technology

The Avenues Mastery Academy provides a comprehensive curriculum for students aged 15-18, anchored in innovation and making, and located in the global electronics hub of Shenzhen, China. Over the course of their time at the Academy, students will:

Design, build and engineer a series of world-changing technologies, ultimately producing an original invention and applying for a patent.

Develop sophisticated perspectives on the past, present and future of technological innovation.

Gain the skills, insights and courage necessary to begin solving the world’s most pressing problems and build a better future.


A journey through the history, theory and practice of innovation

The Academy experience is divided into three year-long themes that embody the paradigms, tensions and values at the heart of innovation and making: The Origin of Discovery (year one), The Road to Invention (year two) and Building the Future (year three). Each unit thoughtfully matches the construction of an invention (in the Mastery Studio) with carefully selected texts (in the Insight Seminar).


Design, hack, engineer and build the technologies that changed the world

In the Mastery Studio, students and expert mentors work side by side on ambitious projects focused on the technologies that shape our lives: inventions such as the incandescent lightbulb, the smartphone and autonomous navigation.


Interdisciplinary humanities through the lens of technology and science fiction

In the Insight Seminar, students discuss, analyze and research key issues and themes at the heart of innovation and making. A curated selection of essential texts challenges students to develop original insights into the complex questions at the intersection of humanity and technology.


Develop fluency not only in English, but the technical language of STEM

All academic blocks are conducted in English, providing students an immersive, technical context to develop advanced English proficiency. Additional intensive English language instruction is provided in student dyads, allowing masters to provide rich, personal feedback.


Collaborative problem solving and computational thinking

The math curriculum is based on the premise that learning mathematics is an active, participatory enterprise. Curiosity-piquing problems and the sharing of insights with peers foster computational thinking and collaboration.


Get your idea from the studio to the world

Supported with technical and legal resources, students produce an original invention and receive a patent-pending certificate upon completion.

The Fundamentals

Academic completion requirements are the same as those for other campuses of Avenues: The World School and students receive an Avenues diploma upon completion. Students benefit from immersion in a STEM-focused English language environment, with English tutorial support. The curriculum includes:

  • Mastery Studio: innovation and making
  • Insight Seminar: interdisciplinary humanities through the lens of technology and science fiction
  • Intensive English instruction
  • Discussion-based and applied Mathematics
  • Yearly design challenge
  • Capstone project: a patented invention
  • World-class college counseling


We warmly invite you to get in touch to learn more about Avenues Mastery Academy.



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