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The Academy Approach

Waupun Area Junior/Senior High School offers an academy model, focused on student interests and designed to ensure our students are prepared for college and careers.

What is an academy?

Academies are small learning communities, and each one is separated into specific career pathways. These pathways outline the courses students should take during high school to prepare for post-secondary life.

At Waupun Area Junior/Senior High School, we offer:

  • Health Science and Human Services (HS2): Students learn about the fields of health science and human services. Through attention to the intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs, the HS2 Academy provides challenges and opportunities that allow the individual to achieve his or her goals.
  • Communication, Arts, and Business (CAB): In CAB, we celebrate student creativity through diverse, project-based, and educational opportunities. This provides students the opportunity to design, produce, perform, communicate, and problem-solve in a cooperative classroom environment.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math, Manufacturing (STEAMM): This academy will prepare students through rigorous, technology-driven educational opportunities in a collaborative learning environment.


Pathways

A pathway is a series of classes that builds a foundation for students going to technical schools, colleges or straight into the workforce. Pathways prepare students for a full range of careers, focusing on academic skills, critical thinking and responsibility, and job-specific skills.

We have created more than 30 college- and career-ready pathways that provide four-year plans for students. These pathways lay out a plan for students when they begin their freshman year. Pathway examples include:

  • Health Science and Human Services (HS2): Health Science; Human Services; Government and Public Administration; Education and Training; Law; Public Safety, Corrections and Security; and Hospitality and Tourism.
  • Communication, Arts, and Business (CAB): Arts, A/V Technology and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Finance; Marketing; and Information and Technology.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math, Manufacturing (STEAMM): Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Manufacturing; and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics.


Why use the academy model?

Many students graduate from high school without clear career or educational goals and are unprepared for college or the workforce. By providing a solid foundation in high school, students are able to move through college and technical schools faster, saving money and time.