Graduates in the Class of 2013 at Green Mountain High School will be accomplishing a first when they walk across the Red Rocks Amphitheatre stage on May 23.
The seniors are the first class to have gone through the school’s Academies program, which are:
• Arts, humanities and performance;
• Business and global studies;
• Health and human services;
• Science, technology, engineering and math.
The academies allow educators and students a better way to channel their academic interests and passions.
“We added 16 new classes to go with the 14 pathways students can choose,” said principal Colleen Owens. “It’s amazing to see how well these students did in the program.”
Owens noted that most academy schools begin that way, but Green Mountain transitioned into it, making the accomplishment that much more rewarding. More than 40 students have a 4.0 GPA or higher, and the school boasts one Boettcher Scholarship winner. Students have been accepted to colleges the country over, and some will travel far from home for the next chapter of their lives. Owens said that the academies program helped students prepare for the outside world, by encouraging community involvement as part of their courses.
“Students did things like career exploration, and we had a chance to work with the West Chamber, so students were able to work with people they normally wouldn’t have access to,” she said.
The school hosts a health fair that has a lot of interest and participation from the community.
“It’s hard to say goodbye, but the great thing about Green Mountain is we see a lot of these students again,” said Owens, an alumna of Green Mountain. “They come back and visit, and it’s great to see them being successful.”