Adams City High School Curriculum Transition and Surveys
Dear Adams 14 community,
In 2006 when Commerce City residents voted on the bond to build a new Adams City High School building, they were promised an Academy approach to instruction that never materialized.
The district is now reorganizing Adams City High School’s traditional curriculum into an academy approach, also known as a Linked Learning model. Adams 14 is partnering with ConnectED to develop an innovative curriculum that prepares its students for success in post-secondary education, careers, and civic life.
The Academies at Adams City High School will combine rigorous academics, a demanding career and technical education, real-world experience, and integrated student support. The Academies will make learning exciting and challenging, by giving students an understanding of how to apply their academic knowledge in real-world situations and career pathways.
For example, a student enrolled in the Engineering Academy would not only learn trigonometry and calculus but also how they are applied in designing seismically sound buildings and bridges. Under the guidance of a professional engineer, they may make a model of a bridge to evaluate the tensile strength of different materials, and report their results and analysis.
This approach makes learning relevant and engaging, helping students answer the question, “Why do I need to learn this?” When students love what they learn, they work harder, dream bigger, and learn more.
The new Academies curriculum will be divided into themes or academies, in which students learn traditional subjects and how it relates to a career pathway of their choosing.
To best serve our families and students, we would like to ask for the community’s feedback through the following surveys.