Where kids learn to solve problems together

Synthesis challenges young critical thinkers through complex games and simulations.

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Now enrolling ages 6 to 14.

Synthesis challenges young critical thinkers through weekly, real-world simulation games.

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Now enrolling ages 6 to 14.

By the creator of Elon Musk's Ad Astra School

Embrace the chaos

We could tell you that every Synthesis simulation is designed to be ultra exciting while cultivating critical skills.

We’d rather show you.

The stars, our destination

We’re not trying to get your child ahead in the current school system. We give them the skills and agency to create the future they want.

In Synthesis, your child will learn to:

Think critically

At Synthesis, kids learn how to think, not what to think.

Learn by doing

Our real-world simulations are uniquely designed to ignite curiosity and fun.

Find meaningful Friendships

Meet the next generation of innovators
and creators from across the globe.

Why Synthesis?

What School doesn't teach

In 2014, Elon Musk asked me to start an experimental school with him at SpaceX.

The goal was to develop students who are enthralled by complexity and solving for the unknown.

Synthesis is the most innovative learning experience from that school. It is designed to cultivate student voice, strategic thinking, and collaborative problem solving.

I believe Synthesis builds these skills like no other education experience.

Until recently, Synthesis was only available to a handful of SpaceX families. Today, our community is worldwide and growing quickly. Excited for you to be a part of it.

Josh Dahn
Co-founder, Synthesis

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Core Skills

At Synthesis, we cultivate
human ingenuity.

By nurturing the qualities our students already possess, we transform their ambition into powerful abilities.

Voice

The ability to communicate with, listen to, and influence those around you.

what mastery looks like:

Your child speaks and listens with intention and conviction—contributing to every challenge with confidence.

Grasp

The ability to understand and navigate any challenge at hand.

what mastery looks like:

Your child sees deeper than the game. Grasp isn't about winning in the present moment, it's about strategizing to conquer the future.

Ownership

The ability to handle responsibility and outcomes.

what mastery looks like:

Your child owns their outcomes. They have the resilience and grit to accept and act on any challenge, no matter the circumstances.

Flow

The ability to create synergy within a team.

what mastery looks like:

Your child effortlessly embraces chaos. They synergize the individual strengths of a team to achieve profound results, together.

What to Expect

Reserve your spot.

Apply today to secure your child’s place on the Synthesis reservation list. New cohorts open on a monthly basis.

Join your home cohort.

Your child will join a group of 15-18 students for a weekly, one-hour simulation session. Our teachers are real-world professionals: engineers, neurobiologists, and writers.

See the transformation.

In the first three months, your child will cultivate skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. Critical thinking. Confidence. Empathy. And this is only the beginning.

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Hear from our parents

Questions?

Is Synthesis a school?

Not yet. We are starting with an extracurricular program. Minimum commitment is one hour per week.

What will my kids learn?

The world's most valuable skill: how to solve complex problems with a team.

How long does Synthesis last?

As long as you want. The skills your child builds in Synthesis continually strengthen as they progress through the program and reach higher and higher levels of achievement. To build the best foundation, we recommend staying in Synthesis for at least three months.

What are your teachers' qualifications?

Our teachers are also engineers, astrophysicists, and artists—and because we aim to deliver an outstanding learning experience, we put a lot of effort into bringing in only the most qualified people. We currently accept 4-6% of teaching applicants.

Is there a risk-free trial?

Yes! Try your first month of Synthesis risk-free. If you decide it’s not the right fit for your child, you’re eligible for a full refund of the first month's tuition up to the beginning of the third session, no questions asked. (Registration is not refundable.)

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