The Academies of Belton
Freshman Academy(Freshman class divided into three teams)The Focus of Freshman Academies:Academic & Technical Skills, Career Development, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Employability Skills, Ethics, High School 101, Information Technology Application, Presentation Skills, Problem Solving, Teamwork, 10 Year PlanCollege and Career AcademiesBusiness & Technology
Human ServicesScience & IndustryCore & Elective Teams meet alternately with Content TeamsCore & Elective Teams meet alternately with Content Teams Core & ElectiveTeams meet alternately with Content TeamsAccounting &FinanceMarketing &ManagementInformationTechnologyEducationPK-12HealthPublicAgricultureScienceArchitecture &ConstructionEngineeringCulinary &DesignManufacturingGlobal CoursesInternational Languages Leadership Physical Education Performing Arts Visual Arts
Academies of Belton
The Belton School District is working within the Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) framework to transform Belton High School. The Framework is comprised of three distinct, but interconnected strands, which enable the community to design and carry out the plan. The Ford NGL framework outlines a process which involves all community stakeholders.
Career and interest-themed academies serve as the model for transforming the secondary school experience. The academies provide a foundation for the mastery of academic, 21st century, and technical knowledge and skills to prepare students for high interest, high skill, and high wage employment. Additionally, the high expectations and academic rigor of college preparatory academic programs are infused with real-world relevance and rigor of Career Technical Education.
Students choose a Career Pathway within an Academy that uses the power of workplace relevance and business relationships to excite young people about their education. An example would be a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Academy. Within the academy, career pathways could include Biomedical Science, Computer Science or Engineering.
Three key characteristics are at the foundation of Career and Interest-Themed Academies:
- The career or thematic program of study supports an area of personal interest and integrates it with core academic knowledge. This program of study is supported by a small learning community.
- The academies are part of a district strategy to offer a portfolio of approaches (multiple pathways) so that every student has the opportunity to choose a program that fits a personal interest.
- The programs offer extensive real-world contact with adults currently working in the field or area of interest, and they enable students to earn dual enrollment and/or articulated college-level credits while still in high school.
As student engagement is enhanced, improvement in student achievement is expected. This, we believe, contributes to a stronger workforce and ultimately, strengthens economic development and community prosperity.
In January 2018, our preparation process entered the Master Plan development phase. Identification of the Academies and Pathways of Belton were completed and collaboration with community businesses and key stakeholders continued. High School staff were selected and trained during the 2018-19 school year, and the curriculum developed and aligned and opportunities for student input provided.
In the Fall of 2019 current seventh-grade students, the Class of 2023, will enter Belton High School as the first class to fully participate in the Academies.