A large turnout of eighth-graders from around the county and their parents checked out their options for high school at the Signature Academy Showcase on Tuesday at the Mitchell Center.
Representatives were on hand from all 12 MCPSS high schools, plus Augusta Evans Special School and Faulkner and Bryant Career Technical Centers. Several of them brought some examples of their handiwork, such as robots from Davidson, Theodore and Citronelle; interactive patient mannequins from Blount and LeFlore; and a flight simulator and a portion of a airplane fuselage from B.C. Rain.
Signature Academies are small learning communities within each high school that area aligned with a particular career field. They include curriculum tailored toward preparation for that field and partnerships with businesses and industries, which provide mentoring and job shadowing opportunities. Rising freshmen can transfer out-of-district to any Signature Academy they wish to attend.
MCPSS’ Signature Academies are:
— Advanced Careers at Baker
— Health Career Access at Blount
— Coastal Studies at Alma Bryant
— Manufacturing, Industry & Technology at Citronelle
— Engineering at Davidson
— Law, Arts & Health Services at LeFlore
— Professional Health Services at Mary G. Montgomery
— International Studies at Murphy
— Aviation & Aerospace at B.C. Rain
— Industry & Engineering at Theodore
— Information Technology at Vigor
— Maritime, Engineering & Entrepreneurship at Williamson
The application period for Signature Academies began on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and will last until Jan. 31, 2019. For more information about Signature Academies or to apply, visit mcpss.com and find “I want to apply for” and “a signature academy.”