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.

Meet The Team

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Brandon Franck

Engineering Program Director

Xanthe Meyer

Incubator Program Director

Meredith Jacques

Bioscience Program Director

Michael Palmer

Technology Solutions Program Director

Angie Harrell

Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy Program Director


Martha Ehrlich

Teaching & Learning 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 class periods and is worth up to 4 competency-based credits. A Spark! seat is equal to one student present for two-four class periods (depending on the student’s home school). Ideally, one Spark! section would utilize approximately 15 seats (15 students attending for two consecutive class periods). A strand would accept a maximum of 60 students per year.

Students from North High and South High attend Spark! every other day while students from Central High, Fern Ridge High and West High attend Spark! daily.  See detailed scheduled below:

Central High North High South High West High
Location: BRDG Park
Periods 1-4 Periods 1-2 (A) or Periods 5-6 (B) Periods 1-3 (Red) or Periods 2-4 (Blue) Periods 1-3
Location: Maryville University
Periods 5-8 Periods 3-4 (A) or 7-8 (B) Periods 5-7 (Red) or Periods 6-8 (Blue) Periods 5-7
Location: Chesterfield Mall
Periods 1-4 Periods 1-2 (A) or Periods 5-6 (B) Periods 1-3 (Red) or Periods 2-4 (Blue) Periods 1-3
Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy
Location: Lindenwood – Westport Campus (Semester 1) and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital or St. Luke’s (Semester 2)
Periods 1-4 Periods 1-2 (A) or Periods 5-6 (B) Periods 1-3 (Red) or Periods 2-4 (Blue) Periods 1-3
Teaching & Learning
Location: Highcroft Ridge Elementary School
Periods 5-8 Periods 3-4 (A) or 7-8 (B) Periods 5-7 (Red) or Periods 6-8 (Blue) Periods 5-7
Technology Solutions
Location: Maryville University
Periods 5-8 Periods 3-4 (A) or 7-8 (B) Periods 5-7 (Red) or Periods 6-8 (Blue) Periods 5-7


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 2019-2020 school year, there will be six Spark! strands: Bioscience, Engineering, Incubator, Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy, Teaching & Learning, and Technology Solutions.

How is Spark! connected to Parkway’s Mission, Vision and Learning Principles?

Spark! ensures that students have access to rigorous, relevant curriculum. Additionally, Spark! experiences are self-directed by students and are aligned to their strengths, talents, abilities and interests. Spark! ensures students have the opportunity to transfer their learning to new situations beyond the classroom and school, while providing students with opportunities to seek feedback from mentors and business coaches.