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Save the World Challenge


Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

— Steve Jobs


Traditional admissions processes are good at predicting who will do well in traditional schools, but poor at predicting who will go on to change the world after class has ended. These “misfits,” “rebels,” and “troublemakers” are exactly the students we’re looking for.

At Avenues, our goal is to graduate worldwise leaders uniquely equipped to understand and solve global-scale problems. As such, Avenues Online is seeking students who not only care deeply about the future of the world, but who also possess the unique combination of intellectual curiosity, emotional maturity, and strength of character required to take on its greatest challenges. Problems like the ones below are representative of these kinds of challenges, and seeing how you solve them a better predictor of fit and success at AON than traditional measures. So take your time. Get it right. Have fun. Good luck!

Ready to Apply?

If you think you have what it takes to join us at AON, complete the steps below. Students entering grades 4–12 anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

If you’re applying to grade 4 or 5, you will need the book
Heroes of the Environment by Harriet Rohmer.

Step 1

Solve the Challenge

  • Based on the grade level you are applying to, watch the corresponding video below to understand the challenge you are being asked to solve.
  • Create a video of yourself presenting your solution. You should speak extemporaneously throughout your presentation — which is to say that it’s fine to use notes, but do not read from a script. Be creative with your approach, presentation, and video editing.
  • Click the apply button, complete the form, upload your video, and pay the $100 application fee. You will receive an auto-notification by email to confirm that we received your submission and payment.

Step 2

Get Feedback and Iterate

  • We review submissions in the third week of each month. We’ll contact you with feedback by the end of that month.
  • If your first submission doesn’t meet the admission requirements, you can resubmit your video based on our feedback one time for no additional fee.

Step 3

Let’s Talk

  • If your submission does meet the admission requirements, the final step is an online video interview lasting about one hour.
  • You will be notified of your admission status within a week of the interview.


Avenues Online is still accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year.

Annual tuition for Avenues Online is USD $30,000, which includes the cost of books, materials, technology (Apple MacBook Air, iPad, and Pencil), software, and service subscriptions.
Indexed tuition options are available.

Please email admissions-on@avenues.org for more information.

The first day of school is August 24, 2020.


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