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    CHISD STEAM Academies


    STEAM middle school academies offer rigorous academics in an exchanging environment. An application is required to participate, the deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Space is limited. To learn more, attend the STEAM Middle School Academy meeting, details are below.

    STEAM Middle School Academy Parent Meeting

    When: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18

    Where: CHHS Performing Arts Center, 1 Longhorn Blvd.

    Why: See new and existing academies. Meet staff and leadership and see which program is right for your child.

    New for 2019-20 
    In August CHISD will open the Bessie Coleman Visual & Performing Arts Academy and the W.S. Permenter World Languages Academy. Current fifth graders are eligible to apply for their sixth grade year. Academies will expand grade levels in future years.

    Sixth Grade Academies

    Bessie Coleman Visual & Performing Arts Academy
    Aspiring artists and musicians will develop their talents here. Scholars will take lessons from professionals and grow as performers in campus showcase events. They will receive career exposure and attend professional performances. Auditions are required for acceptance. 

    W.S. Permenter World Languages Academy
    In this academy, scholars become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Students are taught English and Spanish and study different cultures. Their acquired skills will make them desirable to the work force. Bilingual adults earn higher wages and have more job opportunities. 

    Sixth-Eighth Grade Academies

    Bessie Coleman Environmental Science & Engineering Academy 
    Instruction includes hands-on activities, and combines physical, biological and computer science into their core classes. Through field experiences, competitions, and real-world problem solving, students learn about science and engineering careers, and boost their creative, communication, and leadership abilities.

    Students learn about what it takes to become a scientist or engineer, and the benefits of each career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for individuals in these industries begins at $82,000 per year.

    W.S. Permenter Entrepreneurship & Design Academy 

    This academy offers an interactive learning environment for middle school students who are self-driven, creative and have an ambitious spirit. Core classes include real-world problems that highlight the ups and downs of business ownership. Scholars make prototype businesses and learn to work as a team. Additionally, students learn web and graphic design and how to work with clients. They advance their collaboration, presentation and leadership abilities through field experience and competitions.

    Future entrepreneurs and designers benefit from working with those who already own a business or are in the design industry. Students 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.