The Academy is designed as an alternative program option at Tracy High School for students with a strong interest in science or agriculture. The Academy also helps students explore undecided career options. The goal of the program is to help students meet their individual educational goals.
Students in both science and agriculture will be intrigued by this program. The core classes of English, Social Studies and Science are loosely integrated to provide a continuity of learning and an appreciation of how science and agriculture impact their lives.
The Academy offers to each student:
1) a four year core curriculum which integrates skills from various academic areas; and meets University of California A-G entrance requirements.
2) exposure to interesting careers through Saturday Seminars;
3) exploration of careers through Job Shadowing
4) a drawing together of skills which will be demonstrated through an Academy Project and formal presentation.
Students completing all the components of this flexible program will receive a bronze medallion and certificate of completion in addition to their high school diploma. Students will also have completed a professional portfolio which will highlight their accomplishments and skill.
Academy Key Components
The program offers many opportunities for success:
* Integrated Curriculum Freshman and Sophomore years
* Thematic, problem based units
* Team Building Day
* Introduction to the research process
* Lower student-to-staff ratio
* Dedicated staff
* Study sessions
* Demonstration Portfolio
* Serious focus on skill development
* Select Pathway
* Portfolio Update
* Design & complete Senior Project
* Senior Project-Formal Presentation
* Final Portfolio
* Awards Banquet, Additional Diploma and Medal
* Saturday Seminars (Sophomores)
* Job Shadowing (Juniors/Seniors)
* an Academy Project (Juniors/Seniors)
* a Four Year Portfolio to chronicle the high school academy years
SCIENCE FIELDS: Tracy is home to many families that work at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Sandia National Lab and in the Silicon Valley. These research facilities have many Nobel Prize-winning scientists. A strong foundation of science and technology are opportunities open to Academy students whose interests include medicine, biology, and the sciences.
AGRICULTURAL FIELDS: Agriculture is the number one industry in the state of California. There is a need for demanding curriculum to meet the increasing employment demands in production, environmental science, resource management and plant and animal sciences. Students