HSE Schools opens senior academies

One of the designated science rooms in HSE's new academy. The room is meant to be used by multiple classrooms at once and accommodate several subject's needs. (Photo by James Feichtner)

One of the designated science rooms in HSE’s new academy. The room is meant to be used by multiple classrooms at once and accommodate several subject’s needs. (Photo by James Feichtner)

By James Feichtner

The transition from high school to college can be a strange and difficult adjustment for students. Fortunately, for the new 2015-16 school year, Hamilton Southeastern Schools will be opening their new state-of-the-art college and career academies for high school campuses.

The new College and Career Academies were developed to closely simulate environments found at the collegiate and professional level so that students will be better prepared to collaborate in real‐world opportunities upon graduation. Highlights of the academies include: a new gathering stair, learning commons, a café, art room and expanded science labs and fine arts rooms.

“The College and Career Academy will change the way our students view their high school experience,” Jason Urban, Fishers High School principal, said. “All the design elements of the academy are intended to give students ownership of their learning. It is exciting to see instructional spaces that replicate the collaborative work and academic environments our students will encounter beyond high school.”

“The open and flexible design of our new academic space more closely resembles the current world of college and careers where collaboration is emphasized,” Matt Kegley, Hamilton Southeastern High School principal, said. “This design allows us to further shift the focus of learning to the student and allows us the opportunity to rethink or reimagine how our current spaces can be used differently.”

The public is invited to attend one or both of the ceremonies on Aug. 5 and 6. Each will feature student, staff and administrative voices as well as presentations from the Skillman Corporation and Fanning Howey. The academies will open for tours following the ceremonies. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact HSE Director of School and Community Relations Bev Smith at 594‐4100 or bevsmith@hse.k12.in.us.

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