Update on Academies of Shakopee Progress
In fall 2018, the expansion of Shakopee High School will be complete and the district will open the Academies of Shakopee. What are the Academies of Shakopee? The academies are designed to educate our students by creating a more supportive and personalized environment. The academies strengthen the connection between high school, and post-secondary and career options by enabling students to explore areas of interest and find their passion before they leave high school.
Exploration of career and areas of interest exploration will begin as early as 6th grade and continue through middle school. Then, students will enter the Freshman Academy and begin their experience in the Academies of Shakopee. 9th graders will be given additional opportunities to continue exploring their interests in preparation for choosing an academy for their sophomore through senior year. However, it’s important to note that students will not be “stuck” in an academy if they feel they made the wrong choice or if they feel their interests lie in another academy. There will be opportunities to take classes in other academies, as well as transfer between academies, in order to allow students to fully explore their interests.
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