Los Alamos’ “Odyssey High School Project” just took a giant step toward reality Friday when Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus received word from the “XQ Institute” that they reached a crucial goal.
The Los Alamos group topped 1,200 schools across the U.S. and are now in a pool of 50 finalists for the next round. The five school districts that win this final round will receive $10 million each from the institute to help fund and implement a “new” high school.
“After careful review, we are so excited to tell you that we think your Odyssey High School design is truly substantial and promising, and we are including you in the running to take it to the next level! You should be incredibly proud,” said a spokesperson for the XQ Intitute in a note to the group.
Steinhaus released the written statement to the media about the milestone.
In the beginning of the school year, the group put together a contest entry for the institute, an organization of education specialists and entrepreneurs looking to change the way high school is taught in the U.S.
According to its website at xqschool.org, the organization is looking to fund five U.S. school districts who have the best proposal to do that.