The Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) program strives to fulfill its mission of nurturing student interest and igniting student passion through real world, hands on research enabling students to explore career pathways. The program innovatively adapts Career and Technical Education foundation standards in conjunction with Next Generation Science Standards for science and engineering practice, and the Palo Alto Unified School District’s vision statement for students to explore topics in a wide variety of disciplines including humanities and social sciences, business, science and engineering. Advanced Authentic Research students bring passion, curiosity, and perseverance to the program.
The AAR Program is a unique opportunity for students in grades 10-12 to engage in original research in an area of their choosing. Students are paired with mentors who are experts in the field of the student's choosing. The curriculum is built on the three key elements of personalized learning, integration of knowledge, and communication of research.