Participants at the IDEAS Forum held in Washington, D.C. included representatives from design high schools such as Stacy Mancuso, (left) principal of DASH (Design and Architecture Senior High School) in Miami.
DASH is a high school that, for 20 years, has provided high quality education in both design and the academics. DASH has appeared in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report's list of top 100 schools in America and students from DASH regularly receive honors such as Presidential Scholar Awards and millions of dollars of scholarships to top Universities.
Schools like DASH represent one approach to design education that provides the kind of preparation needed to develop top designers in fields like fashion, industrial design, film, and digital media while insuring that the students have solid academic training as well. All students take three years of AP (Advanced Placement) courses.
Other design high schools, like CHAD (Charter High School for Architecture and Design) in Philadelphia, provide opportunities for minority students who are under-represented in design fields. Each design high school, of which there are now about 20 in the country, offers a unique perspective on design education based on the philosophy, students and communities in which they reside.
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