Category: Fusion Academy

What Do You Do When your Child’s School Isn’t Working?


“I thought I hated to learn.”

These are the words of a student who was misunderstood at her school. “I couldn’t stand sitting still,” Kaari says. “I thought adults didn’t understand me.”

Is it always your child’s fault if they don’t do well in school? If they don’t get along with their teachers, or with other students?

What if there was a place where your child could thrive – where people understood her?

At the public school Kaari attended, she was bullied by classmates and wasn’t challenged by teachers. She was unmotivated to perform well in school, and she was deeply unhappy.

She was a different person when she came to Fusion Academy than she is now.

Welcome to the Future of Education


When you enter Fusion Academy, you walk into a brightly lit, colorful room that is half office, half play area. On the floor by the front desk is a huge inflatable flamingo. Along the deep purple and pale yellow walls you can see black and white photos of teenagers: awkward prom pictures, goofy shots by the pool.

The centerpiece is a Fusion Academy surfboard made of shining mosaics, a nod to the academy’s homeplace of Solana Beach, California.

Meanwhile, behind the entryway in a small labyrinth of rooms and study areas, students are busy at work.

Two have created a crime scene in the “forensics lab” classroom and are now interrogating teachers in a school-wide murder mystery to solve an intricate pretend-crime for their forensics science elective.

Other students are using state-of-the art scientific recording equipment, which allows them to experiment more creatively in their biology and chemistry classes, while still others are creating a musical showcase spin-off of South By Southwest – North by 75.

This is a different kind of school.