Empowering Learners To Connect To Their Futures

Empowering Learners To Connect To Their Futures

FAQs

The Futures Lab will offer unique, applied learning experiences that complement the learning at students’ home schools. The opportunities created for students at the Futures Lab support college and career readiness by allowing students the opportunity to deepen their learning, develop career skills, and earn industry-recognized credentials so they can graduate prepared to succeed in a changing world. The Futures Lab will be a shared PSD facility available to all students.

The Futures Lab is for you! 

  • "I'm going to college and I know what I want to do..." The Futures Lab will provide opportunities to engage in deep, self-directed learning around a specific area of interest. 
  • "I plan to go right to work after high school..." The Futures Lab offers the chance to build your skills in a hands-on setting. Whether you want to build apps, drones, or a net-zero tiny house, we offer pathways to industry-recognized credentials in a variety of areas from information technology to building trades. 
  • "I don't know what I want to do after high school..." If you are looking for the opportunity to try some stuff and see what clicks, you will be a great fit at the Futures Lab. Come explore new options while developing the skills and experience employers and post-secondary schools are looking for.

PSD is seeking multiple sources of funding for this program that may include a portion of the 2016 bond premium. All projects included in the original 2016 bond program will be fully funded. The Futures Lab project will not divert funding from the $40 million in planned improvements to all PSD schools, or from construction of futures projects that include three new schools, a transportation maintenance facility and an athletics complex.


The PSD Foundation is providing $70,000 in startup funding for the launch of theMobileMakersEDU™ iOS App Development. The donation will cover initial implementation costs from curriculum development to teacher training.

Opportunities in the inaugural year 2019-20 will be extended to students who are currently on-track to graduate and who have shown interest in one of the programs. 

  • Interested students should review the Futures Lab Course Catalog and submit a Student Interest Form. Note: The Student Interest Form helps identify interested students so the Futures Lab team can connect with them. It is not a registration form.
  • After receiving the Student Interest Form, the Futures Lab team will work with the student's counselor to make sure the student's selected courses fit with their schedule. 

There are currently no GPA or other minimum requirements to participate in Futures Lab. For the inaugural year, we are seeking students who are currently on track to graduate.

The Futures Lab will offer classes two days a week with students choosing to take courses either in the morning or afternoon. 

Please see the Futures Lab Course Catalog for the fall schedule.

The Futures Lab will begin with five new classes for the 2019-2020 school year with the goal of rolling out additional programming in the 2020-2021 school year. During its inaugural year, the Futures Lab will operate out of Fort Collins High School. PSD is looking for a dedicated space to serve as the permanent location for the Futures Lab.

Students taking courses at the Futures Lab will earn high school credit. We are currently determining which courses will also be eligible for concurrent enrollment credit. As with other Advanced Placement classes, students enrolled in AP Seminar will be eligible to sit for the AP exam and earn college credit.

Transportation will not be a barrier for students who want to attend the Futures Lab. PSD will provide transportation for students who need it. A schedule will be available when other 2019-2020 bus schedules are finalized and released.