EHS Academies consist of an integrated pathway of courses and learning opportunities.
Academy students meet both EHS graduation course requirements and Academy pathway requirements. Students may apply to participate in one or more of the Academies: the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), the Global Leadership Program (GLP), and the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academy.
AVPA (avpavt.org) 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.
The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Endorsement Requirements:
- Enroll in an AVPA advisory.
- Create an AVPA electronic portfolio.
- Earn at least three credits in visual and performing arts courses.
- Complete the AVPA Internship Course, usually during 11th grade.
- Complete the AVPA Capstone Project during 12th grade.
- Earn 30 Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO) points by participating 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
- Photography 1
- Clay 1
- Media Communications
- Movie Production 1
- Theater 1: Intro to Acting
- Film 1: Appreciation and Criticism
- Dance 1
- Concert Choir
- Band 100: Symphonic Band
Visual and performing arts teachers can help students with course selection and provide recommendations within a certain area of focus.
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. One section of this course will be offered during the summer of 2021 for rising AVPA seniors who couldn’t fit it into their schedule during 11th grade. Enrollment is not guaranteed.
Required for the AVPA endorsement.
Access the proficiencies for F427 course.
Required for AVPA endorsement.
AVPA Capstone Project
Course Number F428 .5 Fine Arts credit Grade 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 AVPA endorsement.
Global Leadership Program (GLP)
The Global Leadership Program (GLP) Academy is Essex High School’s newest academy.
GLP is a flexible combination of globally-focused coursework, internships, activities, and experiences that are customized to students’ personal, academic and professional goals. With a focus on global studies, cross-cultural communication and competency, leadership development, and foreign language acquisition, the program prepares students for both college and careers in today’s competitive global economy.
Upon graduation, students receive a GLP Certificate and an endorsement on their official high school transcript and diploma to recognize and reward their pursuit of learning and experiences in fields with an international dimension. Students in all grades (nine through twelve) may apply.
GLP Endorsement Requirements
- GLP ADVISORY
- LANGUAGE: Three or more credits of one world language, which may include study through dual enrollment at a college or university. Or, a student may elect to earn two credits each of French, Spanish, or Japanese for a minimum of four credits of World Language. Note: Students whose second language is English may seek a waiver of this requirement from the GLP Academy leader.
- GLOBALLY-THEMED COURSEWORK: Three .5-credit courses OR one 1-credit course and one .5-credit course from the following globally-themed courses list.
- Public Speaking (.5 credit)
- World Literature 100 (.5 credit)
- World Literature 200 (.5 credit)
- World Music Drumming (.5 credit)
- EHS Internship B340 (.5 credit) Note: Students in grade 11 or 12 complete an internship with a GLP-related employer or organization in conjunction with the course, facilitated by the EHS Internship Coordinator.
- Designing Solutions to Global Challenges (1.0 credit Physical Science)
- AP Comparative Government and Politics (1.0 credit)
- AP Economics (1.0 credit)
- AP World History (1.0 credit)
- Current Issues (.5 credit)
- Facing History and Ourselves (.5 credit)
- Global Military History (.5 credit)
- Introduction to World Geography (.5 credit)
- World Cultures (.5 credit)
- International Business (.5 credit)
- GLP students in grade 12 participate in a highly interactive culminating practicum focused on refining cross-cultural communication skills, understanding cross-cultural competency, and building leadership skills.
PARTICIPATION IN 10 GLP EVENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- GLP Language & Culture Series
- GLP Speaker Series
- Guest lectures
- Film Series
- International Student Forums and Presentations
- Video and Podcast Projects
- Exchange program participation (Tour Guide, Student Ambassador, Student Host, Scholarship Student Host, Student Traveler, etc.)
- Off-campus events such as:
- Annual Rowland Foundation Conference, University of Vermont
- Rotary meetings and/or presentations
- University of Vermont lecture series and events
- Vermont World Affairs Council lectures and events
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 half-year or full-year study abroad programs in college
- Option to complete GLP as a stand-alone academy or concurrently with AVPA or STEM
- Achievement of advanced-level of foreign language proficiency
For more information please visit www.EssexGLP.org
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy
The STEM Academy (ewsd.org/stemacademy) is designed to support students interested in building a strong foundation in the STEM content areas and to provide students with the opportunity to explore connections across different disciplines through additional experiences such as internships and projects.
Students who complete all of the components of the STEM Academy will receive the STEM Academy endorsement on their transcript 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 can apply to the STEM Academy during the spring of their 9th, 10th, or 11th grade year.
STEM Academy Endorsement Requirements:
- Participate in a STEM Advisory.
- Create a STEM electronic portfolio.
- Complete 9.5 credits of STEM courses, not including the lab credits from 200 level science classes.
- Complete the STEM Internship course, usually during 11th grade.
- Complete a STEM Capstone Project during 12th grade. This project will be completed by enrolling in one of the following courses:
- Advanced Biology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Computer Science
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Statistics
- Care and Prevention - Special Topics in Sports Medicine
- Competition Robotics
- CTE Engineering courses
- Designing Solutions to Global Challenges
6. Attend 10 STEM Lecture Series events or equivalent Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs).
Course Numbers: Fall M130 or Spring M132 .5 Elective credit Grades 11-12
This .5-credit course is for 11th and 12th grade students who need to meet the internship requirement of the STEM Academy.
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.
Students will use Google Classroom to keep track of assignments.