17,000? 17,000 hours.

17,000 hours is enough time to:

  • walk around the world... twice, or
  • train to be an architect and a licensed massage therapist and a black belt in karate, or
  • sleep for 6 years.., or
  • make an indelible imprint on the life of every public school student!

Take our survey!

Your voice matters to us. If you attended public school we want to know about your 17,000 hour experience.

You can take the survey here. 

You can see our interim findings here.

17,000 hours is the amount of time our K-12 students spend at school (not including homework or sports or extracurricular activities).  Wow! That is a big life commitment!

So what does your community have to say about the value and impact of all those 17,000 hour experiences? And what insights can they share about how to continuously improve them?

Welcome to 17000.Solutions

Our mission is to leverage research, community engagement & student empowerment to develop more responsive and effective public schools.

Do you have questions?

Are you curious what your alumni have to say about the value and impact of their K-12 experience?
Do you want students to take a formal role in district continuous improvement?
Are you interested in stronger engagement with your community?
Are your graduates Life Ready?
Is your school district leadership, staff and community aligned and on a clear path together?

We Can Help, Here's How

Our three service channels provide support for the continual improvement of school district function, impact and student experience.


Our Promotion: Voices Matter! Structured engagement with alumni & community is essential for responsive district continuous improvement & strategic planning efforts.

Our Tools: Survey Instruments, Interview Guides, Focus Groups, Social Media Engagement



Our Promotion: Students take a formal, on-going role in the improvement of district function, impact & student experience.  They will leave the district better than they found it.

Our Services: Problem Statement development, Design Thinking/Hack-a-thon solutions, Implementation & Change Management plans, Strategic Planning support


Design Lab

Our Promotion: The K-12 experience will ensure students are Life Ready (not just college ready or career ready). Each student will leave the district able to say, "I know who I am, I know what I am good at, and I have a plan."

Our Solutions: K-12 Life Ready learning objectives, K-12 curriculum design & augmentation, program & community engagement strategies


Have a look around. Get to know us.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you.

Working with school district communities to assess & reimagine some of the 17,000 hours students spend at school.