Juniors and seniors can begin taking courses in fall 2019
PSD's new Futures Lab will offer students programs and pathways to pursue passions and interests in an applied-learning environment that enhances PSD's long-standing college and career-readiness programs.
The Futures Lab, which will launch in the 2019-20 school year, will offer courses that let students deepen their learning in interest areas, develop career skills and earn industry-recognized credentials in a variety of fields. The goal is to help students graduate prepared to succeed in a changing world.
Interested in classes at the Futures Lab? Submit a Student Interest Form
Futures Lab programming will begin in the 2019-20 school year with a few courses for high school juniors and seniors who want to explore exciting career options in an innovative, applied-learning setting.
Interested students should:
- Review classes in the Futures Lab Course Catalog
- Submit a Student Interest Form
Note: The Student Interest Form helps identify interested students so the Futures Lab team can connect with them. It is not a registration form.
- After receiving the Student Interest Form, the Futures Lab team will work with counselors to make sure the student's selected courses fit with their schedule.
During the first year, the Futures Lab will be located at Fort Collins High School, 3400 Lambkin Way, until a permanent location is determined.
Plans are to expand the Futures Lab program in the 2020-21 school year with additional classes and to eventually offer the program to all PSD high school students (grades 9-12).
Visit the Futures lab website for more information!
Frequently asked questions and answers are listed below.
See the Futures Lab presentation to the Board of Education - February 2019
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What is the Futures Lab Project?
The Futures Lab will offer unique, applied learning experiences that complement the learning at students’ home schools. The opportunities created for students at the Futures Lab support college and career readiness by allowing students the opportunity to deepen their learning, develop career skills, and earn industry-recognized credentials so they can graduate prepared to succeed in a changing world. The Futures Lab will be a shared PSD facility available to all students.
Who is the Futures Lab for?
In its inaugural year, Futures Lab programming will be available to students in grades 11 and 12. Plans are to eventually expand to serve all high school students (grades 9-12). The Futures Lab will benefit all learners including:
- College-bound students who want to engage in rigorous research around a specific area of interest.
- Students who plan to enter the workforce right after high school. The Futures Lab will offer industry-recognized credentials in a variety of areas from information technology to building trades.
- Students who aren’t sure what they want to do after high school. The Futures Lab will help students explore their options while enhancing their skills and knowledge.
When will the Futures Lab program begin? Where will it be located?
The Futures Lab will begin with small number of programs during the 2019-2020 school year with the goal of rolling out additional programming in the 2020-2021 school year. During the first year, the Futures Lab will be located at Fort Collins High School, 3400 Lambkin Way, until a permanent location is determined.
What courses will be available in 2019-2020?
The Futures Lab Course Catalog lists classes for fall 2019.
Do students earn high school or college credit?
Students taking courses at the Futures Lab will earn high school credit. We are currently determining which courses will also be eligible for concurrent enrollment credit. As with other Advanced Placement classes, students enrolled in AP Seminar will be eligible to sit for the AP exam and earn college credit.
What does the class schedule look like for students taking courses at the Futures Lab?
The Futures Lab will offer classes two days a week with students choosing to take courses either in the morning or afternoon.
Please see the Futures Lab Course Catalog for the fall schedule.
How do students participate in Futures Lab programs?
Opportunities in the inaugural year 2019-20 will be extended to students who are currently on-track to graduate and who have shown interest in one of the programs.
- Interested students should review the Futures Lab Course Catalog and submit a Student Interest Form. Note: The Student Interest Form helps identify interested students so the Futures Lab team can connect with them. It is not a registration form.
- After receiving the Student Interest Form, the Futures Lab team will work with the student's counselor to make sure the student's selected courses fit with their schedule.
Are there grade point average or admissions requirements?
There are currently no GPA or other minimum requirements to participate in Futures Lab. For the inaugural year, we are seeking students who are currently on track to graduate.
What if my student doesn't drive or have transportation? How do they get to and from the Futures Lab?
Transportation will not be a barrier for students who want to attend the Futures Lab. PSD will provide transportation for students who need it. A schedule will be available when other 2019-2020 bus schedules are finalized and released.
Where does funding for the Futures Lab come from?
PSD is seeking multiple sources of funding for this program that may include a portion of the 2016 bond premium. All projects included in the original 2016 bond program will be fully funded. The Futures Lab project will not divert funding from the $40 million in planned improvements to all PSD schools, or from construction of futures projects that include three new schools, a transportation maintenance facility and an athletics complex.
The PSD Foundation is providing $70,000 in startup funding for the launch of theMobileMakersEDU™ iOS App Development. The donation will cover initial implementation costs from curriculum development to teacher training.