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Academy Programs Informational Meetings for Current 8th Graders Begin in November
Current eighth graders considering one of the Academy Programs of Plano as an academic option for next school year, and who live within the Plano ISD boundaries, are invited to explore the programs via informational meetings in November and to complete an application online.
Applications are open from November 16, 2018 through December 14, 2018.
Students will receive their notices of placement on January 11, 2019, and commitment from students must be received by January 18, 2019. See the schedule below of informational meetings for each academy in November. More information and online applications.
Parent and Student Information Meeting Schedule
Health Sciences Academy (6:30 p.m.)
November 6 | November 8 | November 14*
* Spanish translation available
Location: Williams High School Cafeteria · 1717 17th Street · Plano, TX 75074
The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy includes a unique partnership with Collin College and is housed at Williams High School for 9th and 10th grades and Plano East Senior High School for 11th and 12th grades. Students in the Health Sciences Academy have the opportunity to earn college credits as well as pursue workforce certifications that may include Certified Nurse’s Aide, Patient Care Technician, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Emergency Medical Technician. Plano ISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) offers additional courses in Theory/Clinical, Pharmacology, World Health Research and Biomedical Science. Students in this program work with state-of-the-art equipment and are connected to our local medical community through guest speakers, field trips and clinical placements in skill-based classes. Health Sciences Academy students are prepared to enter the health care field upon graduation and may also have college credit hours to enable them to advance in a college or university. Read more.
IB World School (6:30 p.m. at three locations)
- November 8 - location: Plano West Senior High Theatre · 5601 West Parker Rd · Plano, TX 75093
- November 12 - location: Clark High School Cafeteria · 523 Spring Creek Parkway · Plano, TX 75023
- November 15* - location: Plano East Senior High Theatre · 3000 Los Rios Blvd · Plano, TX 75074
* Spanish translation available
The IB World School at Plano East is a challenging, pre-university course of study that encourages students to be knowledgeable and inquiring - but also caring and compassionate. Through the International Baccalaureate program, students are encouraged to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and attitudes necessary to enable students to respect and evaluate multiple points of view. This demanding program requires concurrent study of a comprehensive range of academic areas which effectively prepares students for university entrance in the United States or abroad. The locally established International Honor program prepares 9th and 10th grade students for the expectations of the 11th and 12th grade IB Diploma Program. In the 11th and 12th grade, students enroll in courses in six academic areas, participate in creative/active/service learning, write an extended essay in a subject of their choosing and experience the Theory of Learning course in which they examine the “ways of knowing.” The IB Diploma Program aspires to develop students who have the ability to navigate, engage and meaningfully contribute to local, national and international communities while also providing students the opportunity to earn college credit for their studies. Read more.
Plano ISD Academy High School (meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. except for November 10*)
November 5 | November 8 | November 10* - 10:30 a.m. | November 12
*English/Spanish side by side meeting
Self-guided tours available one hour prior to each meeting
Location: Academy High School · 1701 Alma Drive · Plano, TX 75075
Located at 1701 Alma Road, Plano ISD Academy High School (AHS) is the home of the Titans. AHS is an innovative, project based learning (PBL) community for 9th-12th grade students. Learners at Academy High School work in teams and solve challenges based on STEAM-science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Academically challenging courses are integrated in authentic, ever-changing ways, based on each new phase of a project. These demanding PBL experiences are anchored in real-world issues that connect learners to professionals in our community and beyond. Teams of learners generate solutions by making prototypes in the fabrication lab, researching and creating presentations on digital devices and refining project work in the maker’s space. These creative solutions are presented to outside audiences who provide feedback. Additionally, 11th and 12th grade learners have the opportunity to earn dual credit, complete an internship and a senior capstone project. Academy High School strives to inspire creativity and empower students to thrive and compete in a rapidly changing world. Read more.