The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship

A New Technology High School

 School District & Community

The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC), located in south central Indiana, is a dynamic community with broad diversity in cultures, religions, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic levels. It has a dynamic business community particularly in the life sciences and information technology. It is home to Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College. This diversity and the community's commitment to quality education have made the MCCSC an educational leader in Indiana for the past thirty-five years.

 

The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship: A New Technology High School

Based on the concept of the New Technology High Schools developed in Napa, California, The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship is a small, intellectually vibrant, MCCSC optional high school open to students in Monroe and neighboring counties. The school is a member of the New Technology Network and is a college and career prep program that focuses on Project-Based Learning strategies and 21st Century skills development. In partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University, students can earn up to 30 college credits as part of their high school diploma. They also have the opportunity to explore select career pathways: Information Technology; Business/Entrepreneurship; STEM; and, Biotechnology. 

Project-Based Learning brings together intellectual inquiry, rigorous real-world standards and student engagement in relevant and meaningful work. Learning at The Academy requires students to master the subject matter necessary for traditional standardized tests, but also requires them to develop the skills to meet the rigorous requirements of working in a technology-rich, intellectually complex and personally challenging world. Project-Based Learning offers students multiple opportunities to apply their learning to new situations where the answer is not obvious – where students are confronted with challenges that have no clear answers, where they must solve problems and respond to unanticipated obstacles.

Adolescents often learn best when they encounter authentic topics and people in real-world situations and when they are faced with genuine challenges, choices, and responsibility for their own learning. Classes are designed to help students gain knowledge through application and experience. Teams of students are often given problems or challenges they must solve by using what they have learned and the resources surrounding them, both at school and in the community. Students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom through fieldwork, internships, community service, and by taking college-level, dual-credit courses.

The Academy is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.

 

School-Wide Learning Outcomes

New Technology schools are designed to intentionally develop in students the 21st Century skills they will need to be successful in life.  As a result, students at The Academy are additionally evaluated on the basis of four school-wide learning outcomes.  The learning outcomes measure success in traditional content areas as well as 21st Century skills. They are described below.

Professional Work Ethic: Students conduct themselves in professional and respectable manner through active learning, listening and cooperation.  Students demonstrate organization skills through time and task management and arrive to class and school on time equipped with necessary materials.

Collaboration: Students will demonstrate cooperation, leadership, and the ability to compromise. Students are evaluated based on their team cooperation and the development of these skills.

Written Communication: Students recognize and employ the appropriate writing style based upon academic content and audience. This grade reflects the student's ability to adapt to the conventions of various writing genres, as well as demonstrating proficiency in basic writing mechanics such as spelling, grammar, and organization. 

Oral Communication:  This grade reflects students’ ability to present in front of both small and large groups. Key skills include voice projection, pace, composure, eye contact, professional language and vocabulary, and creativity.  Students will be active listeners for peer, faculty, and special presentations.

 

School Statistics

Type: Public 

Enrollment: 97   Grades: 9-12    Faculty: 13   
World Language: Spanish      
Semester Schedule: 7 Period Day/Two Semesters      
CEEB Code: 150216            
2013-14 SAT: Critical Reading: 550    Math: 549
ACT: 22.7
 

Clubs and Activities: Science Olympiad; Business Professionals of America; Hope Service Club; Spanish Club

 

The Class of 2014

·         First graduating class of The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship (Third in school history as “New Technology” HS)

·         Graduation rate: 97.5%

·         92% of students earned three or more college credits

·         62% of students took one or more college classes on Ivy Tech or Indiana University campuses

·         Anticipated 85% of students will attend 4 year or 2 year colleges in the fall 2014.

 

Reporting Learner Data

The Academy uses a 4.0 grading scale. College courses are weighted at 4.5 and 5.0.  Spanish 3 is an Honors course and weighted .5.

 The Academy does not rank students. Since we encourage students to learn in a collaborative environment it is counterproductive to promote a competitive ranking system. Our graduates will be provided with the following levels of distinction:

·         Cum Laude

·         Magna Cum Laude

·         Suma Cum Laude

 

Graduation Requirements

Students at The Academy are encouraged to complete the requirements for the Indiana Core 40 Diploma, Academic Honors Diploma, or Technical Honors Diploma.

 

Unique Characteristics of an Academy Graduate

·         Students interact with community members all four years of their school experience

·         Students have completed more than 100 professional presentations

·         Technology used daily as a tool in their learning and project completion

·         Students maintained an electronic portfolio of their work

·         School and community service opportunities were available

·         Job shadows, internships and college coursework experiences were encouraged for all students

·         Students were provided the opportunity for international travel during the summer months

 

Colleges Where Our Students have been Accepted

·        Butler University, IN

·         Bryant University, RI

·         DigiPen Institute of Technology, Washington

·         Green Mountain College, VT

·         Indiana University, Bloomington

·         Knox College, IL

·         Mount Holyoke, MA

·         Purdue University, College of Engineering

·         Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY

·        University of Oregon, Eugene

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