Our Programs and Classes

Magnet/CTE Programs

A-TECH offers six magnet CTE programs. In addition to our core high school academic courses, students are accepted into one program much like a college major. All program courses are completed in sequence.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Architectural Design is a rigorous program with coursework focused on the history of architecture, architectural theory, building code, and construction methods. Architectural Design students develop proficiency in two- and three-dimensional drawing techniques, including rendering and animation, using industry standard computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) software. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as an architectural drafter or designer, and/or an institution of higher education. Students may earn up to 6 credits from CSN for Architectural Design Program coursework.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Business Management follows the nationally-recognized High School of Business curriculum. High School of Business is a rigorous business administration program for college-bound students. The course sequence includes college-level learning outcomes, individual assignments, integrated technology, reflection, and standardized assessments. Student are engaged in project-based learning to develop skills in research, critical thinking, and collaboration. Students may earn up to 6 credits from CSN for Business Management Program coursework.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science is a rigorous program that involves the study of computers and programing languages, focusing on Java as the primary programming language. Students develop a strong foundation in key computer science topics including: the theory of computation, fundamentals of computer science, compliers and operating systems, information theory, basic programming, systems and architecture, software development and testing, web applications and databases, algorithms and data structures, and principles of computer hardware. Students develop a comprehensive ePortfolio to highlight key computer science topics mastered in the program. Additionally, 11th and 12th grade Computer Science students have the opportunity to certify in the Java programming language through Certiport. Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs in software development or entry in an institution of higher education. Students may earn up to 6 credits from CSN for Computer Science Program coursework.

ENGINEERING

Engineering is a rigorous, college-preparatory program that empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. Following the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, students are engaged in compelling, real-world challenges to learn important aspects of the engineering design process. Students develop knowledge of building and site design and development. They apply advanced mathematics, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using industry-standard 3-D architectural design software. Using the AP+PTLW engineering pathway framework, graduates are prepared to take on any post-secondary program or career.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Design focuses on the application of artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Students learn to use professional, industry-standard design software (Adobe) to create digital drawings, logos, advertisements, and more. Coursework focuses on concepts in color theory, imaging, typography, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, digital photography, desktop publishing, multimedia and animation. Students have the opportunity to create a portfolio for admission to college Graphic Design and Art programs. Students may earn up to 6 credits from CSN for Graphic Design Program coursework.

IT NETWORKING

IT Networking is based on the IT Essentials, the CCNA Introduction to Networking, and CCNA Routing and Switching curricula provided by the Cisco Networking Academy. Students develop skills in assembling, disassembling, and repairing computers; troubleshooting hardware and software; designing, installing, and maintaining wired and wireless computer systems; configuring switches and routers; designing network infrastructure; troubleshooting network design and installation; customer service and technical support. Graduates are prepared for the Cisco CCNA and A+ Certification examinations, entry-level positions in IT Networking, and entry into institutions of higher education. Students may earn up to 16 credits from CSN for IT Networking Program coursework.

Core Classes and Electives

Advanced Technologies Academy offers core high-school courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Foreign Language, and Physical Education at the general and honors level. Eligible students may select from 25 Advanced Placement courses in core subjects and electives. A-TECH also offers dual-credit coursework in English, Mathematics, and Social Studies to seniors through the CSN Jumpstart program. To balance the high school experience, elective courses are offered in art, music, leadership, journalism, and video production – to name a few.