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FAQ

The Purpose of Academies

  • The goal of the Academies is to provide a home for students to explore their interests and pursue long-term goals through course selection and a capstone experience.
  • Students will connect and collaborate with teachers and classmates in the same Academy.
  • Community partners will help provide a deeper understanding of the field.

Academy Progression

  • Exploring Academies begins in the 8th grade.
  • In 9th grade, students will take an Academy Exploration class to examine options and finalize their Academy selection during their spring Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).
  • In 10th and 11th grade, students will continue through their selected program, known as their pathway, and refine their interests through course selection.
  • In 12th grade, students can apply what they've learned with a capstone experience which can feature earning industry-recognized credentials, college credit, internships and more.

Changing an Academy

  • Students are allowed to change their Academy during the scheduling process in the spring.
  • The Academy model is designed to be flexible for students to ensure a smooth transition if a student decides to change.

Courses Outside My Academy

  • Students are encouraged to take classes that interest them regardless of their Academy.
  • Electives are available for students to give them an opportunity to explore other interests.