September 28, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
Public education has been in the national spotlight recently with the Obama administration’s Race to the Top and various other debates. A school in California shows that aviation plays its own part in the conversation.
The Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy is a small charter school located on Flabob Airport in Riverside, Calif. The academy is open to students in grades seven through 12, and focuses on aviation as a way to motivate students in science, math, engineering, and technology.
As schools around the country seem to struggle with how to raise standardized test scores, the academy is a test case that shows aviation can have an effect. Students taking standardized API tests boosted their scores 20 percent year-over-year. According to school officials, that’s more than double the regional average.
Academy students get hands-on experience in aviation, including flight training, maintenance, and aircraft refurbishment. Visit the Flabob Airport website for more information.
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