Academy of Art College: The U.S. Leading Art and Design Institution

Initially, it was known as the Academy of Art College which was a private institution in San Francisco, CA. Richard S. Stephens established the institution in 1929. It’s one of the leading art and design institutions in the United States. Richard exercised his authority to the institution till 1951 when he passed the authority to his son Richard A. Stephens where the latter passed it over Elisa Stephens, Richard daughter in 1992. During the reigning period of Elisa, there was an increment in the number of students in the institution from 2000 to 18000 within ten years.


Since 2005, the institution has enhanced its engagement in the New York Fashion Week twice per year. A group of secluded buses is used to convey the students from their dormitory and their classes which are situated throughout San Francisco. The Fashion School at Academy of Art University organized its twenty-first catwalk show on Sep. 9, 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Square where all weekly activities are carried out. The recent bachelor and masters of Fine Arts alumni performed for the very first time in five ladies wear and two means wear collections alongside two collections working together to help them achieve their goals.


Due to the diversification of the designers who participated in the catwalk show which include a series of ideas among the designers, their ability to display their excellent dexterity, made them find favor from spectators who include heroes such as Ms. J Alexander and Sara Kozlowski who is the education director and professional development at the CFDA. Career advisors and people in the globe revealed their aspirations for the future days in the fashion industry through the live stream. The designers that participated in the catwalk include Saya Shen, Joanna Jadallah, Cana Klebanoff, Ryan Yu, Jelly Shan, Carlos Rodriguez, Dina Marie Lam, Eden Slezin and Hailun Zhou.


In 2007, Western Association of Schools and Colleges gave Academy of Art University credentials. The credentials enhanced its membership to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Interior Design Accreditation Council has given its credentials on the degree and masters of Fine Arts which are both in the interior and the architecture design department. The National Architectural Accrediting Board has committed its credential in master degree of architecture since Jan. 1, 2006 whereby the bachelor degree in Architecture received its accreditation in Jan. 2015.

Keep up with the Academy of Art University.


Rocketship Education Strives for Better Education

Rocketship Education is a network of non-profit charter schools that was founded in 2007. There are 18 Rocketship Education schools across the United States. Though open to all students, as long as they are eligible to be placed in kindergarten through fifth grade, it primarily serves those in low-income neighborhoods where students have limited access to a proper education.

The network all began in 1999 with a man named Father Mateo Sheedy. Father Sheedy was surprised when he saw that none of the children who were in his parish reached the basic academic requirements necessary for them to go to the local college. Determined to make a change, he gathered support from the community to set up a plan that offered high-quality education to children who needed it. Father Sheedy died before realizing his mission but with the help of his parishioners and two educational entrepreneurs named Preston Smith and John Danner The first Rocketship Education location was created.

Even though Rocketship Education is dedicated to bettering its students it is also focused on all forms of education whether it is in a classroom or at home. This network of charter schools strives to be a truly transformative school that has a whole community willing to help the next generation. By standing by the belief that all children deserve to have an excellent education and a school that cares about each student and their individualized learning skills.

To do this Rocketship Education employs five major core characteristics. First is authenticity, which allows transparency in the school’s work to assess not only those it teaches but itself as well. Second is community, which is the backbone of any education and with it perception and understanding expands. Third is tenacity, which gives one the courage to pursue their educational goals until they are achieved and lets one rise to the challenges of life. Fourth is innovation, which provided students, teachers and family members with the best possible ways to make what is impossible possible. Lastly is excellence, the core characteristic that holds the short and long term solutions to help all children succeed.