About Spark

About Spark!

What Makes Spark! Unique?

  • Students are able to pursue a personal direction based on an understanding of their talents and interests while accessing a frequently iterated curriculum shaped by industry partners based on the latest industry trends.

  • Students are supported by a robust network of business and community partners.

  • Students learn at off-site, authentic workspaces during school hours for academic credit.

  • Students co-create their Spark! experiences based on their interests with feedback from peers and mentors.

Keri Hohl

Engineering Program Director

Xanthe Meyer

Incubator Program Director

Meredith Jacques

Bioscience Program Director

Courtney Yeager

Teaching and Learning Program Director

Angie Harrell

Pre-Professional Health Science Academy Program Director

Kate Hornburg

Sports Medicine Program Director

Drew McAllister

Technology Solutions Program Director

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to apply for Spark!?

Students interested in Spark! must:

  • Be on track to graduate

  • Have a desire to work in a project and problem-based real-world environment with other Parkway high school students

  • Be willing to comply with business ethics, attendance, and dress codes as determined by the Spark! Program Director

  • Be willing to spend 5-7 hours per week away from home high school

Each strand has unique acceptance criteria based on feedback from our industry partners. Check the Apply Now pages for more information.

What if a student is unable to provide his or her own transportation?

Students who cannot provide their own transportation will work with the Spark! coordinator to arrange for carpooling with other Spark! team members or an alternate transportation arrangement. If carpooling is not feasible, we will work to identify an alternate transportation source for the student. Lack of transportation should not deter students from applying to participate in the Spark! program.

What type of credit do students earn for participating in Spark!?

Students earn high school elective credit for their participation in Spark!. In some cases, a CTE credit may be awarded based on student graduation needs. In addition, each Spark! strand offers the opportunity to earn college credit through various colleges and universities. If you have concerns regarding your credits for graduation, please contact your counselor.

How does Spark! fit into a student’s schedule?

Spark! meets for two, back-to-back class periods. A Spark! seat is equal to one student present for two class periods. Ideally, one Spark! section would utilize approximately 15 seats (15 students attending for two consecutive class periods). A strand would accept a maximum of 50 students per year.

How are Spark! strands determined?

We regularly assess the evolving needs of our global community in an effort to provide opportunities for students to experience high-demand, high-wage industry areas. All Parkway stakeholders are encouraged to bring attention to potential strands that would address the aforementioned needs.

What is a Spark! strand?

Spark! experiences are organized in strands based on the career or industry field they represent. For the 2022-2023 school year, there will be seven Spark! strands: Bioscience, Engineering, Incubator, Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy, Sports Medicine, Teaching & Learning, and Technology Solutions.