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Freshman Academies

Freshman at Rancho Cotate will be placed in an academy of their choice.
Each academy will feature a team of three teachers: (English, World History, and a focus area) who will share the same students, have the same prep period, and will coordinate interdisciplinary, integrated projects centered around the focus area.

The Academy focus areas are:

Law and Justice
Film & Broadcasting
Biomedical Science (Academy Class is Honors)
Careers in Sport
Computer Science (Academy Class is Advanced Placement)

Law & Justice

The three core classes consist of Intro to Law, English 9, and World History. Students will explore careers in fields such as law enforcement, politics, law, public service, criminology, and psychology. Students will learn how laws are created, how societies have been shaped by their legal and justice systems, and how we can address problems in our own society. Skills and activities covered in this academy include: participating in mock trials, visiting courtrooms, developing effective public speaking skills, constructing effective arguments, and developing investigative techniques.

Careers in Sport

The three core classes consist of Sports Management, English 9, and World History. Students will study the business models of sports agencies, examine the history of sports across time and place, read first person narratives from the world of sport, explore careers in sport including facility management, psychology, medicine, accounting and finance.

Film & Broadcasting

The three core classes consist of Film-Making 1, English 9, and World History. Students in this academy will learn the technical aspects of film making and broadcast, study films across cultures, and learn to critically evaluate media.

Computer Science
(Academy class is Advanced Placement)

The three core classes consist of AP Computer Science Principles, English 9, and World History. Students will explore careers in computer science, learn about the different conceptual ideas and tools driving the field, delve into the ethical issue surrounding technology, and explore the history of technological innovation across time and place.

Biomedical Science
(Academy class is Honors)

The three core classes consist of Principles of Biomedical Science, English 9, and World History. Principles of Biomedical Science is a UC approved honors course. Students will explore careers in biology and medicine, conduct investigations into the death of a fictional person, explore the history and ethics of medical and scientific knowledge across cultures, and delve into first person accounts of the medical field.

Law and Justice
Career in Sports
Film Academy
Computer Science
Biomedical science academic pathway