Health Sciences Academy

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The Academy of Health Sciences & Technology is a school-within-a-school serving students in grades 9-12.  The Academy offers rigorous college-preparatory curricula and instruction that prepare students for admission to postsecondary educational programs in medicine, research, and allied health sciences fields.

Upon admission to the Academy of Health Sciences & Technology, students follow a prescribed four-year course sequence that exceeds the minimum graduation requirements established by the Colorado Department of Education and the Aurora Public Schools.  In addition to required pre-collegiate academic studies, all Academy students benefit from studies in the biomedical sciences and unique opportunities for research and clinical experience on the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

Unique Characteristics of the Academy of Health Sciences & Technology

  • • School-within-a-school, housed in a comprehensive high school
  • • Small learning community – 120 students
  • • Challenging pre-collegiate academic curricula
  • • Specialized studies in the biomedical sciences
  • • Choice of clinical or research emphasis
  • • Tutoring, mentoring, and college counseling
  • • Field experiences, job shadowing, and internships
  • • Collaboration with university and community partners

Academy Course Work

  • • 4 years of advanced English, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, and biomedical sciences
  • • Fine arts, physical education, and technology

Admission

The Academy of Health Sciences & Technology is academically competitive and highly demanding.  Admission to the Academy, and subsequent success, will require that students have demonstrated high levels of academic motivation, capacity, and accomplishment.  In addition, successful matriculation through the Academy will require strong student and parent commitment and ongoing academic and personal growth and success, as measured against established academic, behavior, and attendance guidelines.

Initial admission to and eligibility to remain in the Academy are based on a portfolio of student, teacher, and parent information that may include, but is not limited to the following information: standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, grade point average, previous academic coursework, a personal essay, community involvement, and parental approval and commitment to support.  The Academy application form is available here.

Note: Two additional Aurora LIGHTS pathway schools, William Smith High School and Pickens Technical College, offer pathways to health sciences professions.