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The Academy for Medicine


The Academy for Medicine is designed for highly motivated students who have an interest in pursuing a career in some of the fastest growing health careers such as biomedical engineers, medical scientists, physician assistants, physical therapists and dental hygienists. Students successfully completing this academy will be able to enter college with advanced credits and will have the capacity to determine a more specified field of study at the university level. It is recommended that students interested in public health take 1.0 credit of AP Environmental Science as an elective credit.

This academy will provide students with a rigorous education that will prepare them for college and the pursuit of medical or other meaningful careers by examining the anatomy and physiology of the support and control systems of the human body: integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous as well as systems concerned with maintenance of the human body: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary. Ancillary skills such as analysis and problems solving, communication skills, professional behavior and ethics will be integrated into coursework.


Students must successfully complete the following Science, Math and World Language courses:

  • Two Levels of World Language
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors or CHS Chemistry 
  • Honors Geometry 
  • Honors Algebra 2
  • Honors Trig/Pre-Calculus  

4.0 Credits from the following courses:
  • 1.0 Credit - CHS Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • 1.0 Credit - CHS Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • 1.0 Credit - AP Biology
  • 1.0 Credit - AP Chemistry
  • 1.0 Credit - AP Physics 1 or AP Physics 2
  • 1.0 Credit - AP Calculus
  • 1.0 Credit - Principles of Biomedical Science 

1.0 Credit from the following courses:
  • 0.5 Credit - Nutrition, Food and Fitness
  • 0.5 Credit - CHS Nutrition
  • 0.5 Credit - Language Enrichment
  • 0.5 Credit - Psychology
  • 0.5 Credit - Civil Law

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 Medicine should strongly consider the following clubs and activities:

  • Diversity Club
  • Hands for Service
  • National Honor Society
  • SADD
  • Science Club
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