8th grade students from all over La Joya ISD got an up close and personal peek at all La Joya ISD Academies during a one-week tour of each respective middle school in the district.

The tour was set up to introduce incoming freshman during the 2017-2018 school year to the various career academy choices available within the school district. Students and directors from each respective academy were on hand to discuss the advantages of attending their academy, as well as answer questions that any 8th grader may have.

Each student sat in a 20-minute presentation of each Academy: The T-Stem Academy, the Academy of Health Science Professions, the Academy of Public Service, Academy of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Business and Industry. Students from those academies were on hand to demonstrate different projects they were currently working on, and also shared their stories of how the Academy they chose has impacted their academic life.

Students shared that the common misconception of joining an academy is that a student can no longer participate in extracurricular activities, and that isn’t the case. Students who attend an Academy at any of the comprehensive high schools can partake in any of the extracurricular activities, whether it be athletics, fine arts, or academic and social clubs.

Additionally, students can obtain their Associates degree by taking college courses in addition to their core courses at the high school level, and if the college course they need to complete their degree is not offered at the campus, a bus will take the student to and from South Texas College to take the course.

The tour gave an opportunity for academy students to also showcase their ability to speak to large crowds and share information about their campus.

Incoming freshman were given a brochure at the information sessions to fill out if they were interested in applying for an academy. Deadline to apply is April 19, and students can turn in their application to their school counselor.