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The Academy for Engineering


The Academy for Engineering is designed to attract students who have an interest in how the confluence of science, technology and math impact the world around us. This academy emerges students in authentic content that mirrors many undergraduate courses at the college level. Students entering this academy generally have a strong foundation in mathematics and science and plan to pursue a wide variety of engineering related fields. The primary focus of the Academy of Engineering is to expose students to content that will prepare them to study Engineering at the undergraduate level.

Rigorous and relevant coursework related to Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics and atomic and nuclear physics will merge with hands-on lab work where students will examine the fundamentals of circuitry, electronic components and residential and commercial wiring. Students will exit this academy with a pure understanding of what the engineering profession encompasses with a career goal in mind.



Students must successfully complete the following science courses:

  • Honors or CHS Chemistry
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics 1 or 2

and the following math courses:

  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Algebra 2
  • Honors Trig/Pre-Calculus

and at least two of the following courses:

  • CHS Probability & Statistics
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics (10) 

and at least 3.0 Credits from the following courses:

  • 0.5 Credit - Electricity & Electronics
  • 0.5 Credit - Architectural Design Commercial
  • 0.5 Credit - Architectural Design Residential
  • 0.5 Credit - 3D Modeling
  • 0.5 Credit - Robotics & Automation
  • 1.0 Credit - Drawing & Design 1
  • 1.0 Credit - Drawing & Design 2
  • 1.0 Credit - Material Engineering
  • 1.0 Credit - AP Environmental Science
Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities play a significant role in the high school experience. Students who participate in clubs and activities are exposed to a group of peers who share additional interests. Leadership and socialization skills are further emphasized and provides opportunities for students to apply their newly acquired curricular skills to real world activities. Students who are involved with the Academy for Engineering should strongly consider the following clubs and activities:
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design Club (C.A.D.D.)
  • Computer Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Hands for Service
  • National Honor Society
  • Science Club
  • Technology Student Association
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