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Welcome to MTASA

Our Mission

Over 1 million students drop out of high school every year. Students who fail to finish school often lack the basic skills necessary to remain gainfully employed.
The primary reason students drop out of school is not usually work or family related.
The main reason students report leaving school is that academic subjects are simply not interesting
There is a need to create alternative teaching and instructional strategies that will engage children's interest and encourage them to learn.

The Mark Twain Academy of Science and Arts MTASA (Non-Profit Organization) has developed the Interactive Studying Endeavors Program (ISEP) that combines both academic and artistic curriculums and has had successful results engaging students to learn, create, and explore.

ISEP is comprised of various projects, such as: Biodiversity, Science, Sociology, Heritage, Olympics, Folklore, Media Literacy, and Environmental Literacy. Every one of them presents children and teens from 6 to 18 years old with the opportunity to bridge their education with real life experiences.

The projects encourage independent learning by allowing students to work at their own pace and develop individual learning styles and strengths. For the duration of the project, students participate in lectures, workshops, field trips and exhibitions.

One of the important components of the program is Academic Scrapbooking, a powerful and strategically designed educational tool that connects inquiry with discovery, curiosity with creativity, experiential learning with scholarly discipline.

Students use reading, writing, research and critical-thinking skills, establishing the connection between words and images when creating scrapbooks. They complete every project with their own scrapbook, where the unique educational experience is documented through creative writing, photography and art.

Currently, ISEP is being introduced to public and charter schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and branches of the YMCA/YWCA. We are in the process of developing ISEP interactive online courses which will be available by the spring
of 2010.

You can learn more about the content of the program by subscribing to our Newsletter, and participating in special projects which will be announced at a later date.     

ISEP Advantage

  Students will acquire skills in communication, teamwork, creative writing and critical thinking;

  Students will learn to appreciate the artistic expression of others, while moving ahead toward creative self-expression.

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