Brookhaven Innovation Academy and Atlanta Tech Village have announced a partnership. Students from the science-and-math-oriented charter school will visit the Buckhead tech startup center, and Tech Village employees will visit classrooms to volunteer their expertise.

“We look forward to our new partnership with Atlanta Tech Village to support the delivery of our unique blend of personalized and project-based learning in which students work creatively to solve real world problems,” said Dr. Laurie Kimbrel, BIA’s head of school, in a press release. “Pairing with businesses of all sizes will enable our students to see that the communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills they practice at BIA are among the most important in a 21st century workplace.”

“As part of our on-going commitment to the community, we are excited about this partnership, because we are now reaching children at the earliest of ages, including kindergarten students within Brookhaven Innovation Academy,” said Tech Village founder David Cummings in the press release.

The partnership is volunteer-based and Tech Village is not giving BIA any money, according to Tech Village spokesperson Karen Houghton.

“We are offering an informal partnership as part of our desire to give back to our community by offering BIA students field trips and volunteer opportunities to our members,” she said.

BIA is a new independent school originally created by Brookhaven City Council. It opened this year at a Norcross location after being unable to find a site within Brookhaven, but is seeking a permanent location in its namesake city.

Atlanta Tech Village, based at Piedmont and Lenox roads, is home to hundreds of startup tech businesses.

John Ruch

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