Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 3, 2017
Brookland-Cayce High School (BC) has upped the ante on its commitment to prepare students for 21st century college, military, and work settings. The school has developed three learning academies that are successfully working to that end.
BC is working within the TransformSC education initiative, which was designed so that state business leaders, educators, students, parents and policy makers could unify and transform the public education system and produce the ideal graduate. BC has organized student learning into three academies to accomplish this: Quest Academy, i2 Tech Academy and the Legacy Liberal Arts Academy. Hallmarks of the Quest Academy include a rigorous, accelerated academic curriculum and experiential opportunities, such as local and out of state field studies and college visits. Students communicate through Google Classroom, a technology network that connects students, teachers, and parents.
BC’s i2 Tech Academy offers a Project-Based Learning environment where Science, Technology, Engineering and Math serve as the foundation for projects. Students collaborate on work that requires critical thinking and communication, and use Echo, a learning management system that connects students to projects all across the country.
The BC Legacy Liberal Arts Academy offers a smaller, personalized approach to learning. Beginning with their freshman year, students form tight bonds with teachers and administrators, and a dynamic classroom approach is used in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges to acquire deeper knowledge. Legacy Academy students work with group members, access online resources and conduct viable research, as well as produce quality presentations. They participate in personally challenging academic courses, and are strongly encouraged to explore career opportunities and experience personal expression through visual and performing arts. Technology is a common thread between these BC programs, with laptops and iPads made available to students for one-to-one computing.
These initiatives aid in providing a personalized educational experience for each student, tailored to their particular goals and interests. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is familiar with the BC program. His company builds home communities, including Harvest Glen, which is zoned for Brookland-Cayce. “I graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and know what an outstanding institution it truly is. It comes as no surprise that BC is gaining so much positive recognition for its programs, teachers, and its students’ accomplishments.”