While Oscar watchers are still buzzing about how James Cameron might buy his wife, Suzy Amis, a cheeseburger, it’s worth pointing out that she’s got a fairly demanding full-time career (actually her second, as she’s an actor.) Amis, the mother of 4 , founded Muse Elementary School in Topanga Canyon (a rustic area populated by old hippie types and those who wrote big hit songs, back in the day) and now has 45 students and 15 full- and part-time teachers for preschool through fourth grade.
Last year, students had a discussion about bees that were swarming around them during snack time. That curiosity turned into a full-blown course of study throughout all grades. “We went from, ‘What is a bee?’ to ‘Why is the bee hive shaped that way?,’ which led to architecture and geometry, Amis Cameron says. “In other schools, they would be told to wait years for the scheduled geometry or biology classes.”
Fans of Avatar will be disappointed that no classes in Na’vi are offered.