WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Continuing its leadership position in curriculum innovation to prepare students for success at college and beyond, Archbishop Stepinac High School has announced plans to establish an Honors Academy which will be the first-of-its-kind in the region.
The three-year personalized learning program, which will get underway in the 2016 fall semester, will enable high achieving students to pursue advanced studies in either engineering, health sciences (medicine), economics/finance or law.
“Our Honors Academy will help foster the development of skills that the honors students will need to become globally competitive at the college level and beyond,” said Principal Paul Carty.
To qualify, honors students in their freshmen year will need a cumulative average of 90 percent or higher and will be required to apply for acceptance with the knowledge and support of their parents.
“The Honors Academy will better prepare students for their chosen college major as the curriculum framework design is based on undergraduate core courses in the chosen concentrations," said Frank Portanova, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Academic Studies. "Students will develop and use complex algorithms to explore the major theories and principles associated with each discipline. A primary goal is to empower students to see the relationship between their academy studies and their application to the real world.”
The program will culminate in the senior year with an internship and a final capstone research project and presentation that will be judged by a panel of faculty members and outside professionals in the fields that correlate with the respective academy.
Internships and work-based learning will be a key component of the program. “Since our school’s alumni boast individuals who are leaders in their own right in a host of sectors including engineering, technology, healthcare, finance, accounting and law, we will develop partnerships in our community that will allow our students maximum exposure to numerous resources and real-world work experiences.”
The Honors Academy follows on the heels of the ground-breaking personalized blended learning platform including the first-of-it-kind all digital text book library that Stepinac launched three years ago, establishing the school as a standard bearer of curriculum innovation with educators across the nation and around the world.