Last week I shared a YouTube short about Caltech’s recent change to its admissions policy and what that could mean for innovative high school programs.

This news could have trickle down implications for the way families and students look at nontraditional high schools. Here are the three questions that come to mind for me:

1. Will Caltech soon consider shifting to mastery-based admissions requirements for all other subjects such as English and History?

2. Will other colleges and universities follow suite?

3. How will both conventional and non-conventional high schools respond if admissions policies like these start to gain traction?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this news. Leave them in the comments below, email me at, or find me on Twitter (@ArnettTom) or LinkedIn.


  • Thomas Arnett
    Thomas Arnett

    Thomas Arnett is a senior research fellow for the Clayton Christensen Institute. His work focuses on using the Theory of Disruptive Innovation to study innovative instructional models and their potential to scale student-centered learning in K–12 education. He also studies demand for innovative resources and practices across the K–12 education system using the Jobs to Be Done Theory.