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Life of an Academy Student

A typical school day starts at 8:00 a.m. with IGS (Informational Gathering Session). This is similar to homeroom. One big difference between the Academies and other schools is the length of the school day. School ends at 4:10 p.m., but if you choose to participate in a sport, the day may end even later.

Academy classes are divided into modules, commonly called mods, that are approximately 17 minutes long. Classes are typically between 2-3 mods. Each day's schedule is different: Monday schedules are similar to Thursdays and Tuesdays are similar to Fridays. Wednesdays are unique. All students take a 6-mod class called Projects except seniors who have internships.

Each student has a certain amount of free mods. This is when they have no scheduled classes. They may choose to do their homework during their free mods or utilize the time to meet up with project partners or study with friends.

The last hour of the day is dedicated to electives, or on Wednesdays, clubs. Students may participate in a sport instead of taking an elective. Students may also stay in school late to work on a project with a group or use materials only available in the school. There is a late bus at 6:30 p.m

Sampling of Academy Electives

  • Optics & Lasers
  • All About Chocolate
  • Acting Methods
  • Arduino
  • Art of Advertising
  • Astronomy
  • Baking for Holidays
  • Beginning Ballroom Dance
  • Beginning Modern Dance
  • Bio Engineering
  • Bioethics
  • Biological Psych
  • Chinese Caligraphy
  • Choir
  • Civil Engineering
  • Comparative Asian Cultures
  • Concert Choir
  • Costume Design
  • Creative Arts Workshop
  • Creative Writing
  • Developmental Biology
  • Digital Imaging
  • Digital Photography
  • Earthquakes
  • Euro Challenge
  • Fashion and Sewing
  • Federal Reserve Challenge
  • Financial Accounting
  • Forensic Science
  • Foundations of Computing
  • Foundations of Nano
  • Interactive Design
  • Introduction Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction Surgical Technique
  • Introducion to Java Programming
  • Introduction to Mandarin I
  • Introduction to Mandarin II
  • Introduction to Python
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Introduction to Video Production
  • Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Introduction to Microscopy
  • Life Drawing
  • Markets & Trading
  • Math Problem Solving Seminar
  • Math Team
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Bots Engineering
  • Memory Train Systems
  • Modern Optical Physics
  • Model UN
  • Modern Russian History I
  • Modern Russian History II
  • Musical Theatre Songwriting
  • Music & Society
  • Musical Theatre Production
  • Nanoscale Materials Science
  • Number Theory
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Paper Art
  • Pre AP Studio Art
  • Pre Engineering Competition
  • Processors 2: Assembly
  • Res Mol Bio Gen
  • Research in Cell Biology
  • SAT Math Workshop
  • Screen Process
  • Screenwriting
  • Shakespeare - Film
  • Songwriters Circle
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stage Management
  • Stagecraft
  • Stories of Anton Chekhov
  • Stories of Youth
  • Studio Art
  • Topics Oncology & Hematology
  • Virology
  • World Cuisines
  • Zoology