TPAA received student applications in excess of capacity for grades seventh and eighth at the close of its application window on March 16; however, there are some unfilled seats still available for students who will be ninth graders in 2012-13, according to Matthew Winheim, Palmdale School District Liaison to TPAA.
“Parents and guardians of students that will be 9th graders next year should turn in their applications as soon as possible,” Winheim said.
Applications submitted right now will fill the remaining 9th grade spaces available. Once TPAA has received applications to that grade’s capacity, they will begin the 9th grade waiting list in the order in which applications have been received.
Applications for grades seventh and eighth that were received past the application deadline will be placed on the TPAA waiting list after the enrollment lottery, which is scheduled for May 2 at the Pueblo Learning Center.
Students entering grades 7th through 9th next year may apply to TPAA, regardless of where they live.
TPAA staff does advise parents and guardians that this will be a rigorous, project-based learning environment, focused on preparing students to engage in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
“If your child is the type that asks why, and is not satisfied with ‘because’ as the answer; if your child likes to see if they can make things work better by taking them apart and reassembling them; if they like to learn by doing and have a natural curiosity about technology and science, then The Palmdale Aerospace Academy is the right academy for them,” Winheim stated. “It will be hard work. And it will be worth it.”
The academy’s instructional series is designed to hone the natural skills and abilities of students as it prepares them to become pioneers and leaders in the workforce of the future.
Contact Roger Gallizzi at 661-273-3680 for more information.
(Information via press release from The Palmdale Aerospace Academy.)
Students invited to apply now through April 13 for the new Joe Walker STEALTH Academy
LANCASTER – Westside Union School District’s Joe Walker Middle School is now accepting applications for the STEALTH Academy, a program centered on Science, Technology, Engineering and Learning Through Humanities. The program will commence at Joe Walker in the fall of 2012.
The innovative program is available to all students, grades 6th through 8th, and parents must apply for an opportunity to have their student join the program. Applications are being accepted until 3 p.m., Friday, April 13.
“Joe Walker’s emphasis on humanities and the arts alongside the science and mathematics make it an exciting leap for Westside’s STEM program,” said Westside Union School District Superintendent Regina Rossall. “The STEALTH Academy provides a well-rounded education for middle school students, unprecedented in the Antelope Valley with an emphasis on college prep before high school.”
Students accepted to the program will be able to take part in extra-curricular classes, including Civil Air Patrol, Pre-AP, GATE, robotics, art, drama, music and much more.
“The Joe Walker STEALTH Academy rethinks education and the level of accountability demanded of students and their families,” Rossall says. “In return, it offers a stimulating environment and the tools with which to meet the high demands of our technology-based future. That is the core of our approach.”
In addition to its emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, students will have access to Westside’s innovative, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. This program places students of varying academic levels in rigorous courses and offers specialized training in critical “soft skills” like note-taking and personal time management. AVID’s goal is to prepare all students for college.
For more information about Joe Walker’s STEALTH Academy and for application information, visit the District Website, www.westside.k12.ca.us or call the school at (661) 943-3258.
(Information via press release from Joe Walker’s STEALTH Academy.)