The course of study of the Academy focuses on the passion and interests of each student and advocates a decentralized delivery method. Eastern University Academy's (The Academy) curriculum is firmly rooted in the belief that students are capable of completing academically rigorous courses if asked to do so within an infrastructure that supports their passions. To create this infrastructure, the Academy draws upon the philosophy of The Big Picture Company as well as the philosophy of the Early College High School Initiative. In addition, curriculum development is informed by the results from Understanding University Success: A Report from Standards for Success, a study conducted by David Conley, Ph.D., on behalf of the Association of American Universities and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Conley's work identifies the skills necessary for succeeding in entry-level college courses and these skills are intentionally built into both the Academy's course of study and delivery methodology.