LANCASTER – Antelope Valley parents wanting to send their 6th grade students through a groundbreaking engineering program are encouraged to consider the Hillview Middle School 6th Grade Honors Academy.
A parent information meeting for this program will be held at the school cafeteria at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at 40525 Peonza Lane in Palmdale.
Fifth graders in the Antelope Valley who meet the standards may apply for the academy, regardless of where they live. Applications for the 2013-14 school year must be turned in to the District office by 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Eligibility for the academy requires at least a 3.0 GPA during 5th grade and ‘Proficient’ or ‘Advanced’ on 4th grade STAR, English Language Arts and Math Test.
The honors academy opened its doors in the fall of 2012 to 100 6th graders from around the Antelope Valley.
The first year included a comprehensive engineering program that allowed students to work on building projects and study career opportunities in the industry. Engineers from Lockheed Martin visited students throughout the year, guiding them toward a future career path.
“The exploratory program provided to our 6th graders is unmatched in the Antelope Valley,” says Rob Garza, principal of Hillview Middle School. “These students reach a level of college preparation very rare among their age group. Our engineering introduction program prepares students for anything. By studying engineering, they learn to invent, innovate and improve existing programs in whatever field they do choose.”
The honors academy also includes programs like Project Lead the Way, Mathletes and AVID.
Advanced study programs and subjects include Advanced Algebra, Lego Robotics, Science Olympiad and Honors Language/Honors History. Students accepted can also participate in all other school programs including athletics, drama and extracurricular clubs.
“Westside continues to provide excellence in everything we do for our students through programs like Hillview’s 6th Grade Honors Academy,” says Regina Rossall, Superintendent of Westside Union School District. “This rigorous program prepares our students for any field they choose to pursue in the future.”
For more information or to pick up an application, call the District office at 661-723-0716.