Incoming freshmen students in the Socorro Independent School District will benefit from more academic options at the start of the 2016-2017 school year as the district introduces its sixth advanced academics academy at Pebble Hills High School.
The Sparta Business Academy (SBA) is designed to engage students in the world of business and finance to prepare them for the college and career of their choice in the field. About 125 students will be in the first cohort at SBA.
The district will host an informational session for incoming SISD freshmen students who are interested in applying at 6 p.m. April 26 at Pebble Hills High School. Program coordinator Rachel Gomez will be the session presenter along with Dr. Robert Nachtmann, college of dean of business administration the University of Texas at El Paso.
The four-year program will help students work toward an associate’s degree through the El Paso Community College. Courses being offered include accounting, economics, finance and information systems.
The district is working with the University of Texas at El Paso to offer an actuary course, a profession where people analyze future financial value using statistics and theory in insurance and pension programs.
Aside from the wide range of curricular courses offered, SBA students also will have the opportunity to meet and shadow community members in the business industry to gain real-world experience.
Each year, 125 more freshmen students will be accepted to the program. Students who wish to join are required to complete the application process. Requirements include satisfactory grades, attendance, and good citizenship. SISD eighth-grade students may ask their school counselor for an application.
Other advanced academic academies include Libertas at Americas High School, the School of Advanced Technology Applications (SATA) at Eastlake High School, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at El Dorado High School, Montwood High School’s SYNERGI program and Health Professions Academy (HPA) at Socorro High School.
What: Sparta Business Academy (SBA) information session
Who: Incoming SISD freshmen with an interest in business and finance
Where: Theater at Pebble Hills High School | 14400 Pebble Hills Blvd.
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6 p.m.