MISSION Pacific Crest Innovation Academy empowers students to discover their passion, define their goals, and graduate as confident, connected, critical thinkers who are college- and career-ready with a knowledge base to support adaptive lifelong learning.
PROGRAM Pacific Crest Innovation Academy welcomes 9th - 12th grade students interested in a rigorous, individualized, relationship-based, STEM-focused environment. In affiliation with Lower Columbia College (LCC) and Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), we have developed a catalog of College in the High School courses that provide students with an opportunity to earn up to two years of college credits concurrently with their high school diploma. Technology classes include the Microsoft Imagine Academy, in which students may earn Microsoft Certifications that confirm student mastery of the latest technologies and provide a competitive employment advantage.
Each student has a learning team that includes their parent, their faculty mentor, and their academic counselor. With the support of their learning team, students develop Individualized Learning Plans based on their personal interests and goals. By giving students agency and ownership over their learning, guided by a coherent and rigorous set of educational goals, Pacific Crest Innovation Academy helps students maximize the use of their time, accelerate learning and increase their success in high school and beyond.
LOCATION Pacific Crest Innovation Academy shares facilities with Mill A Schoolin Cook, Washington, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. All Pacific Crest Innovation Academy classes are taught on-site.
FACULTY Pacific Crest Innovation Academy instructors are highly-qualified adjunct professors who value relationships in the learning experience. In addition to classroom lectures, each of our instructors serves as a faculty mentor for tutors individual students and is available during office hours each week.
HISTORY In 2015, community residents became aware of an opportunity for non-high school districts to create an in-district high school option for local students. Over the next nine months, a team of volunteers worked together to research, dream, and design a 21st century model high school program. In 2016, these volunteers presented their proposal to the Mill A School Board. The Mill A School District and a neighboring non-high district, Mount Pleasant School District, agreed to join this audacious plan. Together, the districts filed an application to create Pacific Crest Innovation Academy, and in February 2017 they received approval from the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. During the summer of 2017, instructors were selected for the various PCIA courses, and the first year of study at PCIA began on August 30, 2017.