Academy of Science & Engineering Pathways
The Engineering pathway will allow students the opportunity to participate in project-based learning focused on creativity and problem solving as it relates to a successful career in the engineering and manufacturing industries. Students will focus on integration of math and science concepts to enhance their understanding of designing solutions to proposed problems.
The Natural Resources pathway will help students to examine the science of natural resources, develop a variety of opinions, and participate in field experiences. Students will understand the impact that individual values & interests, businesses, industries, and societies demand of our environment.
The Animal Science pathway will expose students to animal science concepts, general agriculture, and related career options. Students will have experiences in various areas including animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, and reproduction. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists face in their respective careers.
The Plant and Environmental Science pathway will expose students to the management of agricultural lands in an economically productive and ecologically sustainable way. Students in this pathway will investigate how to sustainably manage agricultural ecosystems using best practices in environmental science, soil science, plant science, integrated pest management, rangeland management, and more.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
CTSOs enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning, and real-world application. For a complete listing of RCAS CTSOs, click here.
The Academy of Science & Engineering supports FFA. FFA (Future Farmers of America) makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
The Academy of Science & Engineering supports SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force by helping members become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.
SkillsUSA also provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development.
The purpose of the RCAS Academies is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to explore career options in high school as well as build strong connections to employers, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations.
This approach will help students develop a plan that leads graduates to a successful transition beyond high school including postsecondary education and training, careers, and life responsibilities.
21st Century Skills
The RCAS Academies will prepare students to graduate with the necessary skills and competencies that support the RCAS Profile of a Graduate.
Each academy will offer students the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized industry certification.
Earning College Credit
All academies will allow students the opportunity to earn college credit aligned their selected pathway.
Business and community partnerships are an integral piece of the RCAS Academies model.
There are currently more than 215 partners working with our students grades K-12 in career-connected learning opportunities.
Project-based learning allows students to learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
Job Shadow, Internship, and Service Learning opportunities allow students to make real-world connections to the content they are learning.
As part of the RCAS Academies, every RCAS high school student will take a one-semester Freshman Seminar course. This course will provide students’ important skills for high school, future workplace success, and introduce them to the RCAS Academies. Each student will take an Academy Introductory Course in one of the six academies housed at our two comprehensive high schools. This course is designed to guide exploration of their chosen academy and help students to select a pathway to enter in 11th grade. To learn more about the graduation requirements for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond, click here.