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The Academy for Law and Government


The Academy for Law and Government is designed to attract students who have an interest in pursuing the fields of law, government or community leadership. This academy provides students with a challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum that fosters a sense of civic responsibility by assuring programs, procedures and laws are written, so that future generations can explore life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The academy is comprised of a community of learners who embrace high academic and social standards. Students will engage in rigorous and relevant course work embedded with interpersonal, social and communication skills. Students in this academy will have the opportunity to network with local leaders and stakeholders in the fields of law and government. Additionally, students will learn about specific social and legal issues that relate to law, government and the community by examining the Constitution, Bill of Rights, landmark Supreme Court cases and issues related to law enforcement while studying the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government. All students will contribute to community development by participating in a community service project that aligns with their area of interest.


Students must successfully complete the following courses:

  • 1.0 Credit - Honors or AP World History
  • 1.0 Credit - AP US Government and Politics
  • 1.0 Credit - AP US History

2.5 Credits from the following courses:

  • 0.5 Credit - Law and Justice
  • 0.5 Credit - Law and Justice - Civil Law
  • 0.5 Credit - Pennsylvania History and Government
  • 0.5 Credit - Conventions of Writing
  • 0.5 Credit - Language Enrichment
  • 0.5 Credit - Speech
  • 0.5 Credit - CHS Argumentation
  • 0.5 Credit - 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 Law and Government should strongly consider the following clubs and activities:
  • Diversity Club
  • Hands for Service
  • National Honor Society
  • SADD
  • Student Council
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