Academy Recruiting

Academy Applications will open on December 2, 2020

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AMAT - Academy for Media Arts & Technology
Campus: R. L. Turner High School

Academy Facilitator: Katheryn Wendling

The Academy for Media Arts and Technology is a  four-year sequence of courses that works towards industry software certifications in the areas of Media Arts, Digital Graphics/ Graphic Design, Animation, Video Game Design, Commercial Photography or Broadcast Journalism. Students in AMAT will receive an elevated academic experience that will include industry internships, college visits, mentorships, competitions, in-class speakers, academy socials, industry field trips, and more. Students will work with up-to-date industry software and technology to create professional portfolios and prepare for professional certifications.  Students will leave the program career and college ready.

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Industry Partners:

  • Melanie Murphy
  • Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris Burnett
  • Carrollton Fire Department
     

Possible Career Pathways:

  • Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photographer
  • Journalist
  • Director 
  • Videographer 
  • Animator
  • Special Effects Artist​
     
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IBA - International Business Academy

IBA - International Business Academy
Campus: Newman Smith High School

Academy Facilitator: Kathleen Holdge

Our mission in the International Business Academy is to give students a foundation in business, marketing, economics, finance and an appreciation of international culture by offering travel opportunities both domestic and international.  We believe that business is in everything. Many of our students go on to major in business and finance related fields but the lessons learned in the IBA are helpful no matter what your career aspirations may be.  Our alumni are working as vice presidents in major finance and banking firms, social media, logistics, medicine, and law to name just a few.  We offer dual credit courses through Dallas College Brookhaven campus and field trips to colleges and businesses to see our learning in the real world. 

Dual Credit Hours
Students who take the recommended classes at Brookhaven earn 12 hours dual credit, however we have had students graduate with 60+ hours and earned an Associate’s degree through Brookhaven College.

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Industry Partners:

  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of North Texas
  • Dallas College
  • Essillor
  • KPI Collaboration, LLC

Possible Career Pathways:

  • Accountant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Real Estate
  • Management Analysts
  • Operations Managers
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Wholesale or Retail Buyers
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International Business Academy
International Business Academy
International Business Academy
Law ACademy

Law & Criminal Justice Academy
Campus: Creekview High School

Academy Facilitator: Jonathan Ray

Creekview’s Law and Criminal Justice Academy provides students with the opportunity to explore careers in law, law enforcement, and political science and gain skills within these areas of study that can be transferable to any career.  Students also have the opportunity to compete in Mock Trial, Moot Court, Legislative Affairs, Civics, and Forensic Science competitions both within the state and throughout the nation, through which we have gained national recognition and met two U.S. Supreme Court Justices!  In class such as Law Enforcement, Political Science, Law Studies, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, and many others, students have access to a unique opportunity in both theoretical  and hands-on legal education.

Dual Credit Hours
12 credit hours in Criminal Justice

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Possible Career Pathways:

  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Political Science
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BioMed Academy

BioMed - Academy of BioMedical Professions
Campus: R. L. Turner High School

Academy Facilitator: Laura Engel

The Academy of BioMedical Professions at R. L. Turner High School exists for students interested in pursuing a career of public service in the healthcare industry. Students' learning experiences are a combination of classroom lectures and labs; and real world experiences through professional speakers, field trips, workshops and externships in locations like pharmacies, physician offices and hospitals. Our on-site skills labs provide opportunities to obtain practice in clinical skills through the use of actual medical supplies and equipment. Our goal is to provide excellent training through four years of rigorous coursework that will enable students in our learning community to work in the healthcare field upon graduation, as well as to move on to further education in the medical field if they should desire to do so.

Dual Credit Hours
The BioMed Academy works with Dallas College to offer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) as a dual-credit course that can be taken on the R. L. Turner Campus.

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Industry Partners:

  • Methodist Hospital for Surgery
  • Metrocrest Hospital Authority
  • Dallas College
  • Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Woven Health Clinic
  • Erb Family Wellness

Possible Career Pathways:

  • ​Patient Care Technician
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Certified Nurse Assistant​
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • ECG Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician​
  • Medical Coding and Billing Technician
  • Physician/Physician Assistant
  • Nursing/Nurse Practitioner
  • Chiropractics
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BioMed Academy
BioMed Academy
BioMed Academy
METSA Academy

METSA - Math, Engineering, Science, and Technology Academy
Campus: R. L. Turner High School

Academy Facilitator: Brigit Smith

METSA is a Texas Designated STEM Academy and a part of a national pedagogical network that helps us to provide a unique educational experience combining project-based learning, work-based learning, and higher education courses that will ensure that graduates from this program have an edge on other students in the STEM field after graduating. METSA is the only program in CFBISD that assesses student achievement based on five separate learning outcomes (knowledge and thinking, oral communication, written communication, collaboration, and agency). Students that follow the rigorous coursework and academy requirements have proven to have high achievement on exams as well as the skills to apply learning in real world situations, such as workplace environments, upon graduation. 

Dual Credit Hours

  • UT OnRamps- METSA students are strongly encouraged to take the dual credit courses through the University of Texas.
  • Dallas College- Students also have the option to take English, Government, and Economics courses through Dallas College.
  • Credit by Assessment- Several elective courses such as those through PLTW and the University of Iowa allow students to to request college credits by proving success on the final exam.

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Industry Partners:

  • Alexandria Industries
  • PepsiCo
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • The Brandt Companies
  • Raytheon
  • Lockheed Martin

Possible Career Pathways:

  • General Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Software and Web Development
  • Biotechnology (Coming 2021-2022 school year)
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IB - International Baccalaureate Programme
Campus: Ranchview High School

Academy Facilitator: Leslie Yager

Ranchview’s International Baccalaureate Programmes offer you a world-class education right here in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. 

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

At Ranchview, we foster the mission statement of the IB by providing students with rigorous, high quality curriculum, attention to character through the IB Learner Profile, and a focus on independent learning and leadership.

We teach and assess with the IB mindset of independent inquiry & research, international-mindedness, collaboration with an emphasis on creative critical thinking.

Our Two Programmes:

  • IB Middle Years Programme – All students at Barbara Bush Middle School & all of Ranchview’s  9th & 10th graders are part of MYP.  Courses are aligned with state, district, and IB guidelines as we encourage independent thinking and inquiry.  The programme culminates with a Personal Project at the end of 10th grade, where each student designs his/her own project and assessment to display the skills s/he has learned in the 5 years of the MYP.
  • IB Diploma Programme – Students in 11th and 12th grade may elect to take classes at the DP level.  These are academically rigorous courses that can lead to college credit.  Some students pursue the full IB Diploma, which means that they take all six classes at the DP level, complete community service hours, and write an extended research-based essay.  If a student receives the IB Diploma as well as the RHS Diploma, s/he will receive 24 credit hours at any public college in Texas.  Both U.S. and international colleges recognize the IB Diploma and award credits according to their standards. 

Students in our IB Programmes leave Ranchview with conceptual knowledge in every subject area, as well as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and self-management skills to help them be successful in any career field. 

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ECHS - Early College High School

Academy Facilitator: Timothy Isaly

The Early College High School (ECHS) was collaboratively created through a memorandum of understanding between Brookhaven College, the Texas Education Agency, and the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD in 2005. At its onset, students were guided through core high school classes and then into college courses (dual credit). The goal of the program was to provide under-served students with a recognized Texas Associate’s Degree.

In its current condition the program awarded over 80% of the recent graduating class (n=81) with an Associate’s Degree of Science or Arts. Respectfully the Class of 2019, 2020 and 2021 earned over $6.5 million dollars in scholarships each year. In 2014, and now again in 2020, the school earned the coveted National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award from the United States Department of Education for Exemplary High Performance. 

Since its inception the school program has supplemented its core curriculum with four years of AVID study (Advancement Via Individual Determination). Students are eligible to take unique elective courses such as American Sign Language, Autotechnology, Contemporary Dance, College Music and Fine Arts, Introduction to World Religions and pretty much any other course displayed in the Dallas College course handbook. Just recently, high school students have become eligible to participate in UIL sports offered at the larger local high schools.

Additionally, the ECHS student is now regarded by local businesses, education institution personnel, and non-profit organization members as community servants. All students build a vita of community service graduating with at least 40 documented hours. Students from all grades participate in over twenty clubs such as INTERACT, Louder Than a Bomb, Empneo, Chess Club, Junior World Affairs Council, Dungeon and Dragons, I.G.N.I.T.E. and, they are permitted to join any college-based club since they are considered as bonafide college students.

Dual-Credit Hours:
Each student may earn 60+ college credit hours that translates to either an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. These credits are earned during the four years of high school and it does not cost the student one penny. It is a FREE degree! The intangible  cost to the student is the development of an amazing work ethic. #ECHSworkethic

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Industry Partners:

  • North Dallas Family Church
  • Sam Pack Ford Motor Company
  • Farmers Branch Firehouse Theatre
  • Metrocrest Services

Possible Career Pathways:

  • ​Patient Care Technician
  • Certified Nurse Assistant​
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • ECG Technician
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ITA - Information Technology Academy
Campus: Ranchview High School

Academy Facilitator: 

The Information Technology Academy (ITA) is a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) which prepares students for high-demand careers in the IT field, connects students to a network of industry leaders in our community, and offers post-secondary opportunities leading to associates degrees in the following pathways: information technology support and services, networking systems, and web development. ​

Industry Partners:

  • Microsoft 

  • Texas Instruments​​

  • CISCO

Possible Career Pathways:

  • Computer Maintenance Technician

  • Drone Pilot

  • Networking Specialist

  • Web Designer