Woodrow's Preparatory Academies
Woodrow's Academic Emphasis
A special emphasis is placed on international-minded, small learning communities fashioned around a Career Academy model. Each Academy and the IBCC program are described at right. You can click on the Links at left to go to each Academy's web page.
Incoming Woodrow Wilson 9th grade students can choose from any of these academies while benefiting from the activities and programs offered within a comprehensive high school setting. Prospective students should go to the Propsective Student Page and follow the process for applying.
Students in each of these academies will gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to be successful in the post-secondary education and in the world of work.
Students who participate in a Career Academy will benefit from the smaller learning community concept with emphasis on project-based learning, real world applications, and career themed focus within core content classes. In addition, students will participate in compensated internships and mentoring activities supported by the Business Advisory Board Network.
College Preparatory Academies
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
The STEM Academy prepares students with knowledge to become scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Teachers and students have 21st century technology available on demand to support their learning. The Academy provides the students with knowledge and skills to continue their STEM focus in college and prepare them for the global workforce. STEM students are required to:
- Requiring all students to take four years of high school math: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus or another advanced math elective, such as Statistics
- Requiring all students to take four years of high school science: Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Incorporating work-based, contextual learning with a global perspective into the curriculum
- Participating in existing extra-curricular academic activities centered around math, science, and technology, such as UIL competitions (robotics, math) or science fairs
- Additionally, all students are required to complete an internship primarily focused in the state's economic development clusters and/or a senior or capstone project.
Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CAPA)
The Performing Arts Academy at Woodrow is designed to combine a strong academic curriculum with a student’s interest in the Performing Arts. Each student is expected to be an active member of one area of the fine arts department at the school, including intensive extra-curricular (after-school) time for rehearsals and performances. The areas of performance in the department include: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Dance, and Theatre. All performing groups and productions are open to students from ALL academies.
International Baccalaureate Academy (IB)
The IB Academy is an honors curriculum for students 9 – 12th grade. The IB students study English, Foreign Language, History, Science, Math, and Arts/Electives. In addition they write an essay on the topic of their choice, participate in community service, and take a philosophy course, the Theory of Knowledge. IB Diploma students may also sit for the AP exams. There is a cost for IB exams and scholarships are available. Pre-IB courses are the same as Pre-AP courses, with a global emphasis. Pre-IB courses in 9th and 10th grade prepare the student for the IB courses in the 11th and 12th grade. Students completing the IB exams with a 4 or higher will receive 24 hours (one year) of college credit. Students in the IB Academy may also enroll in sports, fine arts, or other electives.
Business, Entrepreneurship and Finance Academy (BEF)
The BEF academy networks with firms and corporations to establish internships and work sites for students. Graduates emerge from the academy with integrity and evolve into individuals capable of success in a competitive, ever-changing global community. Students in the BEF Academy may focus on courses that assist them in establishing a business. The National Academy Foundation accredited strands are: Finance or Hospitality and Tourism. Internships (some paid) are available so that students may work at a job during their senior year to prepare them for the workforce. Students also have the opportunity to go on career related field trips, and listen to career focused speakers.