Holmes and Mamdani are sixth-graders at the Incubator School, a pilot school in Westchester that opened in 2013. The Exponential Entrepreneurs are tenth-graders at Nava College Preparatory Academy, and the recent Monday class was an elective developed by Marcus Shingles, a Deloitte Consulting principal in the company’s innovation group.
As South Bay communities increasingly become a sun-kissed complement to Silicon Valley, startup culture is making its way into some L.A. schools' curricula, too.
The Incubator School occupies a few hallways in the campus of Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets, close to the 12 acres of land that Google recently bought, plus a gaggle of new Playa Vista tech offices. Right now the school has sixth- through ninth-grade students, and will eventually extend through 12th grade.
Schools ingrained with the tenets of startup culture may be more established in Northern California, where parents are the tech executives and understand what skills their children need to lead the next generation.