Academy Pathways

  • What is an EHS Academy? EHS Academies are not stand-alone schools but consist of an integrated pathway of courses and learning opportunities within EHS. Academy students meet the standard graduation course requirements and also participate in Academy pathway requirements. EHS offers students the opportunity to participate in three Academy pathways: the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy, and the Global Leadership Program (GLP).


    Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) 

    AVPA is for students who wish to develop a passion for learning through exploration, creation and immersion in the arts. In addition to a rigorous experience within EHS visual and performing arts courses, students receive intensive exposure to professional artists through an arts lecture series, hands-on workshops and field trips. The internship and capstone courses offer AVPA students immersion into relevant, real-world arts settings. Students who wish to obtain the AVPA endorsement on their EHS diploma may sign up at any time during their high school career, however it is recommended to sign up at the end of 9th grade.   
    AVPA ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS

    1. Enroll in an AVPA advisory
    2. Create an AVPA electronic portfolio
    3. Earn at least three credits in visual and performing arts courses
    4. Complete the AVPA Internship Course, usually during 11th grade
    5. Complete the AVPA Capstone Project during 12th grade
    6. Earn 30 Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO) points by particpating in AVPA field trips, Guest Artist workshops, and other advisor-approved ELOs

    Students interested in AVPA should enroll in a visual or performing arts course as soon as possible. These courses are: Art 1, Photo 1, Clay 1, Media Communications, Movie Production 1, Theater 1, Improv, Dance: Inclusion Fusion, Advance Dance Studio, Chorus, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, or Film Appreciation. Visual and performing arts teachers can help students with course selection and provide recommendations within a certain area of focus. Please see the Fine Arts section of this document for full course descriptions.


    AVPA INTERNSHIP
    Course Number: F427       .5 Fine Arts Credit      Grades: 11-12     

    The first phase of this course involves a 20 hour pre-employment skills course. The curriculum includes interactive student activities, site visits with businesses, and classroom presentations by professionals and employers. Students learn soft job skills and prepare to be successful at an internship. The next phase includes a 40 hour internship with a local business where students gain real world experience and learn hard skills. Instructors track and support students throughout both phases of the course. The internship phase necessitates time and transportation outside of the school day.  Students typically take this course in 11th grade.  
    Required for the AVPA endorsement.


    AVPA SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT
    Course Number: F428       .5 Fine Arts Credit      Grades: 12     

    This course actively engages students in the learning process by facilitating student-designed projects.  This process allows students to learn about themselves and strengthen their organizational skills by moving an idea or dream toward a topic of interest, a post EHS application and/or a community need.  It synthesizes previous learning, offers new interactions with ideas and people, results in a showcased product, and submits the student in charge of the project to a review and evaluation by a community panel.  The work culminates in a formal presentation to the community.  Students are expected to spend at least 40 hours of work on their capstone project.  
    Required for the AVPA endorsement.


    Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy

    The STEM Academy (stem.ccsuvt.org) is designed to support students interested in building a strong foundation in the STEM content areas and providing students with the opportunity to explore connections across different disciplines through additional experiences. Students who complete all of the components of the STEM Academy will receive the STEM Endorsement on their diploma to indicate that they have gone above and beyond in the areas of scientific exploration and creativity. This program has been created in conjunction with an advisory board consisting of representatives from institutions including UVM, GlobalFoundries and Champlain College. Students who wish to obtain a STEM Endorsement may start at any time in their high school career, however it is recommended to sign up at the end of 9th grade.

    STEM ACADEMY ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS

    1. Enroll in STEM Advisory.
    2. Create a STEM electronic portfolio.
    3. Earn at least four credits of math.
    4. Earn at least four credits of science.
    5. Complete the STEM Internship course preferably during 11th grade.
    6. Complete of a STEM Capstone Project during 12th grade. This project will be completed independently in conjunction with your STEM advisory teacher. The project must be approved in advance by your STEM Advisory teacher.
    7. Attend 10 STEM Lecture Series events or equivalent Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs).

    STEM INTERNSHIP
    Course Number: Fall M130, Spring M132, or Online M131       .5 Elective Credit      Grades: 11-12 

    This one semester seminar course is for 11th and 12th grade students who need to meet the internship requirement of the STEM Academy.  Students will use digital research tools to follow current trends in technology and will create an electronic portfolio of their experiences in the course.  Pre-employment skills will be taught in conjunction with our Career Center.  Students will then participate in a 40 hour internship at a local STEM business.  If STEM Academy students are unable to fit the STEM Internship course into their schedule, they may sign up for Course Number M131 (the online option) to earn the 0.5 credit and meet the STEM Academy requirement.  Students participating in the online version of this course will meet with the STEM Academy Leader to create a plan for the course, including preparation of an electronic portfolio on their own time and participation in at least 40 hours of off campus career experiences. 


    Global Leadership Program (GLP)

    The Global Leadership Program is an interdisciplinary program focused on cross-cultural competency, leadership development, and language skills.

    GLP is designed for students who wish to prepare for study, travel, and work in an increasingly competitive and global economy. The program involves a flexible combination of globally-focused coursework, internships, and activities that are customized to students` personal, academic and pre-professional goals. Upon graduation, students receive a GLP endorsement on their diploma to recognize and reward their pursuit of learning and experiences in fields with an international dimension. Students can sign up for the program as early as ninth grade.  Tenth through twelfth grade students may also apply.

    KEY GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM BENEFITS:

    • Skills and knowledge that support future success in a global economy
    • Opportunities to grow a pre-professional network that supports summer internships and jobs, college applications, and valuable experiences through participation in GLP internships, guest lectures, and UVM and other off-campus events
    • Planning for semester or year-long study abroad programs in college
    • Program can be completed as a stand-alone academy or concurrently with AVPA or STEM

    GLP ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS:
    To earn the Global Leadership Program Endorsement, students must complete the following (in addition to high school graduation requirement):

    • Enrollment in a GLP Advisory
    • Two years of study of one world language (in addition to graduation requirement)
    • EHS Internship course (Course Number B340 .5 Elective credit). 
      Note: 11th-12th grade students complete a 40-hour internship, facilitated by the EHS Internship Coordinator, with a GLP employer or organization
    • At least two half-credit courses or one full credit course from the following globally-themed courses list.
      Note:  This requirement may be met through course selection to complete graduation requirements.
      • World Cultures (.5 Social Studies credit)
      • Current Issues (.5 Social Studies credit)
      • Facing History and Ourselves (.5 Social Studies credit)
      • Introduction to World Geography (.5 Social Studies credit)
      • AP Comparative Government and Politics (.5 Social Studies credit)
      • AP World History (1 World Studies credit)
      • World Literature  (.5 English credit)
      • Multicultural Literature (.5 English credit)
      • Belize Field Study (.5 Natural Science credit)
      • Designing Solutions to Global Challenges (1 Physical Science credit)
    • Capstone Experience
      • Formats can include: Portfolio, video, presentation, performance, podcast, or other capstone experience
      • Global studies theme supporting post high school graduation goals
      • Prepared through Advisory, with the support of the GLP student advisor
    • Participation in 10 GLP endorsement events, including:
      • Workshops
      • Guest lectures
      • Performances
      • Film series
      • Exchange program participation (Tour Guide, Student Ambassador, Student Host, Scholarship student host, Student Traveler, etc.)
      • Off-campus events such as:
        • Rowland Foundation Conference
        • Rotary meetings and/or presentations
        • University of Vermont lecture series and events

    GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ADVISORY
    Course Number: Advisory only       0.00 Fine Arts Credit      Grades: 9-12    

    Requirements:   Required for GLP Endorsement