The goal or Theory of change for the Academies at University High School is to bring it back to the great level of AJ Moore Academy had in the past. Academy has gone through a tough time and is on the road back to greatness. Strong marketing program for STEM and development of the academies.
BM 1-STEM Business Advisory Board is very strong--having about 10-15 years of working with the school in business partnerships.
BM 8-Strong Higher Education partnerships with Baylor, MCC, and TSTC.
BM 1-Finally strong,committed leadership team that is supportive of STEM.
BM 1-The Academy Model is a strength- it is a great way for students to become career and college ready when leaving the high school.
TSTC AS degree and numerous certifications
PBL Training is the major thing that the school needs. There are many new teachers in the program and none have had PBL training.
The other area of interest for the school is for the leadership team to visit other academies to get new ideas for STEM and to host visitors to see what our academies are doing.
PBL Training is need for the new teachers.
Technology- training and adding new technology into the school.
Help with grant writing for additional funding.
Lack of understanding of STEM by the previous district officials and how it is infused into all areas of how we educate students Previous administration was not supportive of STEM and almost killed the program. Leadership team is actively working to infuse STEM in everything we are doing. We are creating brochures, videos, signs, etc. that promote STEM in all academy pathways. Showcasing how STEM is in each pathway with examples of the implementation throughout the school.
CIP relationships are strong and growing in the school
All teachers have had google training and technology is used in the classroom.
Counselors and Administrators work in cohorts where they will stay with the same group, 9,10,11,and 12th grade where they get to know the students.
Communities in School program active on campus
Technology- google classroom training and implementation is ongoing.
When students are involved in many different activities at the high school, it is hard to match college course or CTE schedules with the regular high school schedule.
Internships and certifications in: Construction Science, Robotics, electronics, Precision Metal Manufacturing, Welding, Can, EKG Tech., Advanced CNA, Physical Therapy, culinary arts,accounting/bookkeeping, banking, income tax preparation.
Baylor University- Education department, Engineering department, Law School, TAME (Texas Association of Minority Engineers), facilities, etc.
MCC- Dual Credit and students to mentor high school students
TSTC- facilities and dual credit
Each Academy has a pathway for students: business, engineering, architecture, information technology, Greater Waco Advance Manufacturing Academy (robotics, Engineering, Precision Metal, Welding, Construction science) or GWAHCA Greater Waco Advanced Health Career Academy (all health science areas including EMT, CNA, Advanced CNA) Law enforcement Academy, Forensic Science, etc.
Numerous business partnerships: Baylor Scott and White, Accounting firms, engineering firms, law department at Baylor University, Sheriff's dept, etc.