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The Humanities Academy has an emphasis on the disciplines of English, social sciences, and the arts. Students will be given an opportunity to enroll in dual-enrollment post-secondary options (PSEO), and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students will be exposed to the arts in efforts to expand knowledge bases while preparing for college.
The final academy, the STEM Academy, emphasizes preparing students to enter higher education in one of the STEM fields. Students in STEM will master their respective courses and will have opportunities to take AP classes and enroll in PSEO with the goal of being prepared for college. Students will also have mentors from the BCP.
With the new changes, Edgewood will remain on block scheduling, and students will not be “locked in” to their respective academies.
“All students are free to move up or down in curriculum difficulty as needed,” said Edgewood guidance counselor Gary Himes.
Williamson said, “The focus with the academies is to get people toward the careers they want. The academies will pose an opportunity to schedule students into classes of their interest. We are looking into new explorations into the academy system, we will be creating a STEM lab in the school, and getting new STEM equipment to benefit the students in the learning process.”