Spark Academy Curriculum
Spark Academy’s curriculum incorporates hands-on and theoretical learning to help students attain a better and more fulfilling way of life. Our focus is advanced technology. Spark Academy students graduate from high school with knowledge and skills in high demand in the world of advanced manufacturing and a well-rounded education including mathematics, science, literature, history, art, music, and government.
SPARK ACADEMY YEAR BY YEAR
Students take four courses:
Math, Science, Technology Studies, and Humanities.
Technology classes are Introduction to Robotics and Computer Aided Design (CAD) with SOLIDWORKS.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students begin earning high school credits toward state graduation requirements in health education and physical education.
Students take Physical Science in their first semester and Biology in their second semester.
Because our students study math through the ALEKS Program, you will learn at your own pace. Most Spark students will progress through Algebra I to Geometry in their first year. Students who progress more quickly and complete Algebra II with Trigonometry, may enroll in MCC courses in their second year, earning college credit.
Humanities studies includes a journey through human history, connecting English, communications, history, arts, and global studies. The principles of sound research, organizational skills, writing, and presentation are emphasized.
Your journey through human history continues through the Humanities program with increasingly complex topics and higher benchmarks in research, writing, and presentation.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students will complete state graduation requirements for health education and physical education.
During their second year, Spark students will continue with the ALEKS Program or begin taking MCC mathematics classes.
Technology courses are Manufacturing Processes I and Electrical Fundamentals.
Students take Chemistry and can begin exploring options for Running Start or Early College science classes, depending on their anticipated track.
Students who choose to remain on the AMT track will take Blueprint Reading, Programmable Logic Control, Manufacturing Systems, and Basic Machining.
Students will continue with the ALEKS Program or begin taking MCC mathematics classes.
Students are challenged with increasingly complex topics and higher benchmarks in research, writing, and presentation. A greater focus on higher levels of analysis and evaluation help students develop critical thinking and communication skills.
As students begin exploring their course of specialized study and certification, a variety of MCC courses are available to them.
*MCC courses taken as part of the New Hampshire high school requirements for graduation are free of charge.
**MCC classes taken in addition to those required as part of the New Hampshire high school requirements for graduation will entail the normal tuition and fees MCC charges its students. These are the courses students will be taking toward their associate’s degree.
The student journey through human history continues in the Humanities program, with increasingly complex topics and higher benchmarks in research, writing, and presentation. A continued emphasis on higher levels of analysis and evaluation help students further refine their critical thinking and communication skills.
PREPARATION FOR CERTIFICATION AND BEYOND
Students are fully immersed in MCC curriculum, internships, and/or Extended Learning Opportunities depending on which track they are on and what their post-Spark goals are.