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Signature Academies ready students for college and future careers
by Tribune Staff
Jan 22, 2012 | 1578 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Washoe County School District is providing high school students with more choices that will give them a jump start on the knowledge they will need to be successful in the workforce of the 21st century.

Eighth-grade students can now apply for High School Signature Academies. These programs provide a rigorous curriculum that focuses on some of the fastest-growing careers in the country and state.

“We are committed to ensuring that all students graduate from high school ready for advanced educational opportunities and future careers,” WCSD Superintendent Heath Morrison said. “Students who participate in these programs will be inspired and challenged to reach their full potential.”

The district is planning to open at least one Signature Academy at each WCSD comprehensive high school by 2015. The Global Studies Academy at McQueen High School and the Health Occupation Preparatory Education (HOPE) Academy at Reed High School are the two programs that are currently open. Seven additional academies will open for the 2012-2013 school year, including Performing Arts Center at Damonte Ranch High School; Health Sciences Academy at Hug High School; Success Through Applied Relevant Studies (STARS) Career & Technical Academy at Reed High School; and Cougar Academy of Media Arts and Communications at Spanish Springs High School.

The Signature Academies are open to all eighth-grade students regardless of the school for which a student is zoned. If a student is accepted to a Signature Academy, they will receive a variance to attend the school where the academy resides.

The deadline to apply to the Signature Academies is Feb. 10. More information, including the dates and times of each middle school meeting and question and answers for parents and students, can be found on the district’s website at
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