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Innovation Academies

What is an Innovation Academy?

Innovation Schools or Academies at Pentucket create highly engaging and relevant sequences of courses that allow students to go into greater depth with their studies. They also create real world learning opportunities for students through the application of learning both in the classroom and in the community. Students work with staff to develop connections between their area of interest and their post high school, college and career plans. Students who take at least 25 credits worth of courses that are a part of the academy will receive special recognition at graduation (see courses listed below). Students are not locked into any of the course sequences described below, instead these are opportunities that any student can participate in. Students are able to take courses in multiple areas based on their interests.

Innovative Opportunities for Students

Innovation Academies offer students unique learning opportunities not found in most schools. All students in Public Safety I and Sports Medicine I receive CPR certification as a part of the class. Over the past two years approximately 350 students have taken these classes and received CPR certification.

Students also have opportunities to take Early College courses in Core academic areas as well as in their area of interest. Innovation Academy students may also benefit from accelerated opportunities in our Summer Semester.

Courses offered in Summer Semester allow students to take highly specialized courses in their area of interest, or to take Core classes which create flexibility in their schedule for more Academy specific classes during Fall or Spring Semester. Students have much more choice in the courses they chose and the time of year that they best fit into the individual students’ plan for success.

Another exciting opportunity for students is the ability to engage in job shadow, practicum, internship or apprentice programs which allow them to apply their knowledge and skills in real world settings aligned to their future education and career interests.

How do I get Involved?

The Innovation Academy leaders (listed below), classroom instructors (listed below) and guidance counselors can help plan a schedule to begin exploring areas of interest. There is an introductory course in each area that students can take to learn more. Survey data in the Naviance system can also assist students in learning more about areas of strength and interest.

For additional information visit http://www.prsd.org/WorldClassEducation