The Upper School curriculum is designed to challenge students to think outside their comfort zones to solve difficult, real-world problems. Most of the coursework is project- and inquiry-based. Our students learn the value of resilience, teamwork, and problem solving. They finish the course with a newfound confidence in themselves, ready to tackle any problem that the world can throw at them.
Every Upper School student at SCH Academy takes introductory engineering and robotics courses in addition to having the opportunity to take several other electives.
All 9th grade students take an introductory quarter-long class in microprocessors and programming. Using arduino as a starting point, students are exposed to the basics of the C programming language through unique hands-on, active challenges each period.
All 10th grade students take a full quarter course called Advanced Prototyping. This course builds off the 8th and 9th grade introductory curriculum, focusing on product design, development, and advanced prototyping. Students design 3D solutions to unique product design challenges, which they are able to produce using 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, and CNC milling machines.
Additionally, five electives are offered in the Upper School: Intro to Engineering and Design level 1 and 2, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Mechatronics, and Real-Time Programming.