Scope and Sequence
The Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is designed for delivery as a contemporary sequence of courses within an existing high school course of study. The table below illustrates the sequence of required courses and electives. The numeral “21” indicates courses that meet current state curriculum standards but are taught in a 21st century context, e.g., Biology in the context of Biotechnology, or Chemistry in the context of Material Science.
A comprehensive or magnet high school must implement the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences as a learning community that includes a mandatory science sequence with technical electives as illustrated above.
All students must take the 9th grade Skills21 course to successfully implement the academy model. This course introduces concepts of digital literacy.
In 10th and 11th grade, students continue the mandatory science sequence but can select technology electives based on their skills and interests. School districts are encouraged to offer all technology electives as part of the academy model, but students must be informed that they can only take an elective once.
In their senior year, students must take the Capstone Experience, which culminates with a research-based project.