If you had an infinite amount of money to build an ideal high school, how would you build it?
I have been waiting for this question for so long. You all think far too small.Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Michael Faraday Academy of Science!The Faraday Academy is an elite private boarding school for dreamers, intellectuals, and world-changers. It is located high in the mountains of Italy.Our proud motto: sic itur ad astra.In English, “thus one journeys to the stars”.CurriculumAt the Faraday Academy, we do not conform to the regressive standards set by bureaucratic politicians. Our teachers are renowned professors from around the world, teaching academic-level material.While the Faraday Academy is intended for high-school-aged students, we do not teach high-school material. Rather, we teach for degree credit. Some students complete their bachelors degree while still in high school, others have a head start when they go off to college and university.All our programs are original academic courses created by professors specifically for the Faraday Academy.Daily StructureStudents may choose as many courses as they think they can complete, though there is a minimum amount one must choose.Hours are determined by the courses one chooses.Campus BuildingsThe Freeman Dyson School of Physics - Here, the greatest minds in the world have come to teach the next generation about the fundamental laws of our universe.The Wolfgang Pauli Linear Accelerator - A top-notch atom smasher built by some of the greatest nuclear engineers on the planet. Part of the Dyson School.The Robert Lanza Biological Laboratory - Named after Robert Lanza the scientist, not Adam Lanza the serial killer! Features cutting-edge gene splicing tools and equipment. Possibly the source of the glow-in-the-dark squirrels that roam the school grounds.The Antoine Lavoisier Center for Chemistry - Run by a legendary Nobel Laureate, this institution is recognized as having some of the best teachers in the world.The Fritz Zwicky Astronomical Observatory - Featuring one of the largest telescopes in Europe.The Emmy Noether School of Mathematical Sciences - For those of us for whom math is not a chore but a passion. Students here have already discovered several important new theorems.The Marvin Minsky Center for Computer Science and Robotics - Featuring “Turing’s Ghost”, the most powerful supercomputer outside of the US or China, and a robotics laboratory which does not pursue competitions such as FIRST, but rather focuses on machine learning and kinematics.The Gustav Eiffel Engineering Facility - From rockets to buildings, anything is possible here.The Spinoza Philosophical School - Ethics, religion, morality, science, knowledge, and everything in between.SpaceportThe Michael Collins International Spaceport is regarded by many as one of the highlights of the school. Every student is guaranteed a personal suborbital spaceflight aboard an XCOR Lynx (with an experiment of his choice) at least once during his time at the school.Dormitory and AmentiesThe school has several world-class restaurants, with food from all over the globe. We also have a library, theatre, art gallery, and concert hall. There is a pluralistic temple as well, for religious students.The dormitories are beautiful and clean. Each student has a personal room, with a comfortable bed, a bathroom and shower, a work-desk, and a high-end computer setup.ArchitectureThe Michael Faraday Academy of Science was designed by the greatest architects available. We blend a variety of styles, including:Gothic RevivalNeo-FuturisticIndustrialAdmissions and RecruitmentOur school teaches students aged 14–18.Here at the Michael Faraday Academy, we have three criteria for acceptance:Intelligence: We want only the brightest. For this, we have devised the Faraday Mind Metric, a unique test designed to isolate those who have potential but have not necessarily achieved it. This helps assess students from impoverished countries, or students who are unable, for one reason or another, to express themselves intellectually.Passionate Optimism: A love of the future, progress, and human advancement, and a tangible desire to work hard to ensure a better future for humanity.Achievement: This can be in the form of excellent grades, self-studying, prior acceptance into exclusive programs, a dedication to scientific hobbies, exceptional knowledge of certain topics, etc. An applicant must choose only one of these, though.Additionally, we search for the following personality traits in our prospective students:Appreciation for history, culture, fine art, and music.Desire to put intellectual pursuits ahead of materialistic or hedonistic desires.Politeness, courteousness, and graciousness.Revolutionary thinking beyond limits, far ahead of the curve, with no respect for the established status quo.While students from wealthy countries can usually apply and go through a straightforward admission process, we also have recruitment offices, where dedicated educators search for students in war-torn, ravaged, and poor countries who have the potential to positively affect the human future.RulesWe do not permit wild parties, raucous music, or generally unprofessional behavior.All students must either wear dress clothing (suits or buttoned shirts), work clothing (lab coats, engineer aprons), or the school uniform within the main school buildings. Free dress is permitted within the dormitories and around the general grounds. The school uniform has been crafted by top fashion designers from around the world.CostsAll fees, including tuition, spaceflight, food, and dorms are free for the students, and completely covered by the Infinity Fund, part of the nonprofit organization that established the school.