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Successful 17-year-old Business Owner Fits In Full-Time School – Successfully!

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You might think that he’s just a typical high school student, but Luke Gulley is also an extremely successful business owner. With an entrepreneurial spirit, at a young age he started his own lighting and entertainment company in Southern California. As impressive as his career is today, he is still working toward graduating from high school, and that means fitting his classes around his professional life.

Luke is not the only student with great pursuits outside of the classroom. Students all over the world are chasing their future dreams now and becoming a “professional student.” Professional students are not all business owners. They come in a wide variety of athletes, actors, and other professions, but the one thing they all have in common are their extremely busy schedules. Between daily practices and meetings, professional students need their classes to fit around their lifestyles, and traditional public and Firm Schools simply can’t accommodate their scheduling rigor.

Fortunately, some schools have realized the need for a more flexible schedule and have worked to create a teaching environment where students will not fall behind if they have to a miss class. Fusion Academy, a chain of non-traditional Firm Schools located in California and New York, is one of these schools. Fusion prides itself on having a successful school model that caters to students with busy schedules. At Fusion, each class is one-to-one. This means that there is only one teacher and one student in every classroom. One major benefit of a one-to-one environment is that when students have to miss a class because of a dance competition or tennis tournament they do not fall behind. Instead they are able to schedule their next class for a later date and pick up where they left off. Classes are scheduled similar to a college course with some classes meeting Mondays and Wednesdays and others meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also, since Fusion Academy is open from 7:30 in the morning to 9 at night students have the flexibility to work around their work or athletic schedules.

“I like to schedule meetings during the day, so going to a traditional public school became an inconvenience.” Luke said when asked about how he balances his company and his education. “One of the main reasons I came to Fusion is because I needed the time flexibility that they allow to run a company.” Another great reason for Luke to attend fusion is the wide variety of courses they offer. Luke is able to supplement his traditional courses with ones that will help him manage his business. Along with his Algebra and Geometry classes he also took a business math class that has helped him with the fiscal and operational demands of his lighting and entertainment company. The class not only improved his professional career, but he earned class credit for taking it.

It’s a given that finding a balance between a profession and an education is important. What seems like a no-brainer is that there are actually schools that will allow a student to actively pursue a passion while earning class credit – making the learning completely customized, relevant, and valuable for professional students. It is exciting that schools like Fusion Academy are finally providing a learning platform for students who are following their passions now instead of later.

Fusion Academy is a non-traditional private school that provides a one-to-one mentoring approach to education for students in grades 6 through 12. Fusion Academy has 16 campuses open across the country, with five more scheduled to open in 2014. In New York, Fusion has campuses in Manhattan (Park Avenue), Manhattan (Lincoln Center—opening in spring 2014), Brooklyn (opening in spring 2014), Westchester, and Woodbury. You can learn more about Fusion Academy at www.FusionAcademy.com.

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