In Sacramento, students at career academies are combining academics with vocational courses. Arthur Benjamin Health Professions High School is considered a model.
In algebra class, the experts saw students calculate proper doses of medicine for a child. In Spanish class, they heard a discussion of herbal remedies. In biology, they observed teenagers with microscopes checking whether bacteria grow more in water, alcohol or hand sanitizer.
In Illinois specialty academies within large high schools make students feel connected.
Aneesh Rangnekar begins his mornings in a Bartlett High School technology lab where students use everything from hacksaws to computerized milling machines to churn out robots, high-mileage vehicles, even bass guitars.
The 17-year-old takes other classes on the sprawling campus, but he’s most comfortable at the school’s Science, Engineering and High Technology Academy.
In the first story, a Berkelely professor warns that creating ambitiously named academies isn’t enough. The teaching has to be change.