In August 2017 the district opened the Bessie Coleman Middle School Environmental Science & Engineering Academy and the W.S. Permenter Entrepreneurship & Design Academy.
Incoming sixth and seventh graders will experience hands-on learning and challenging coursework. Enrollment in the tuition-free academies is by application only. All students in Cedar Hill and surrounding communities are eligible to apply. Only 100 students will be accepted into each academy. The small learning community will give students the opportunity to work with students who share similar interests and work ethic.
The Environmental Science & Engineering Academy offers an, interactive learning environment for middle school students. Instruction will include hands-on activities and will combine physical, biological and computer science into their core classes. Through field experiences, competitions, and real-world problem solving students will learn about different science and engineering careers, and boost their creative, communication, and leadership abilities.
Additionally, the academy will introduce students to those who are already working in the science and engineering fields. Students will learn about what it takes to become a scientist or engineer, and the benefits of each career. In an ever-changing job market, careers in these fields are always in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for individuals in these industries begins at $82,000 per year.
The Entrepreneurship & Design Academy offers an interactive learning environment for middle school students who are self-driven, creative and have an ambitious spirit. Their core classes will include real-world problems that highlight the ups and downs of business ownership. They will also make prototype businesses and learn to work as a team. Additionally, students will learn the craft of web and graphic design and how to work with clients. They will advance their collaboration, presentation and leadership abilities through field experience and competitions.
Future entrepreneurs and designers will benefit from working with those who already own a business or are in the design industry. Students will discover opportunities and learn about the academic requirements and lifestyle options each career provides. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for individuals in these industries begins at $75,000 per year.