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    Middle School Choice Academies

     

    The South San Antonio Independent School District is committed to providing each student with the education and resources required to succeed in life.  The district's Middle School Choice Academies incorporate a variety of unique opportunities designed to allow students to explore, discover, and develop interests and skills, helping to guide pathway decisions for high school, college, and career readiness. South San ISD is proud to offer four academies to include STEM Academy at Dwight Middle School, The Health Science Academy at Zamora Middle School, The Fine Arts Academy at Shepard Middle School, and the newly established Architecture, Construction, and Design Academy at Kazen Middle School. All students residing in Bexar County can apply to attend an academy. The application window will begin December 3rd and will close December 13th for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Architecture, Construction, and Design at Kazen Middle School

    Students will be creative and learn to design and build using state of the art technology while enjoying the Architecture, Construction and Design Programs.  Architecture, construction, and design are becoming more specialized to meet the needs of the industry, including new design and building methods. Students will learn general design concepts, as well as valuable skills integrating tools and materials through hands-on projects.

    Possible Course Offerings:

    • Graphic Design
    • Interior Design
    • Basic Carpentry
    • Woodwork Art
    • Circuits 
    • Principles of Architecture
    • Principles of Construction
    • Principles of Arts, AV, Technology, and Communications
    • One to One Technology
    • Field Trips & College Visits

    The Health Science Academy at Zamora Middle School

    A career-themed choice program focused on connecting students to high-demand jobs in the field of health professions. Students will learn through a combination of project-based and personalized learning. 

    Course Offerings:

    • Health Science (Career Explorations & Medical Terminology)
    • Health Science (CPR, First Aid, Food Dynamics & Nutrition)
    • Principles of Health Science
    • One to One Technology
    • Field Trips & College Visits

    The STEM Academy at Dwight Middle School

    A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math choice program focused on connecting students to high demand jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Students will learn through a combination of project-based and personalized learning.

    Course Offerings:

    • STEM Elective/PLTW Flight & Space and App Creators
    • STEM Elective/PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Automation and Robotics
    • STEM Elective/PLTW Design & Modeling and Energy & the Environment
    • Principles of Applied Engineering
    • One to One Technology
    • Field Trips & College Visits

    The Fine Arts Academy at Shepard Middle School 

    A choice program inspiring artistically talented students in a lifelong passion for learning, empowering them to achieve academic and artistic excellence. Students will learn through a comprehensive program in dance, music, theater and visual arts and a combination of project-based and personalized learning.

    Course Offerings:

    • Art
    • Band
    • Dance
    • Mariachi
    • Choir
    • Theatre Arts
    • Principles of Arts, A/V Tech
    • One to One Technology
    • Field Trips & College Visits

     

    BENEFITS OF ALL THREE CHOICE ACADEMIES

    AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination)

    AVID prepares students for college, careers, and life.  For one period a day, students receive additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.  

    Project-Based Learning

    Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.

    Advanced Courses

    Advanced courses provide more rigorous coursework that prepares students for advanced classes such as AP and dual credit in high school.

    High School Credit Courses

    Students will take actual high school courses while still in middle school to allow them to earn credits more quickly, leaving more room for college courses during high school.

    Open Enrollment

    Students can apply to attend an academy even if it is not in their normal attendance zone.