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Compared to other schools, New Milford High School provides students with opportunities that are not given to students of neighboring schools. NMHS offers a program called the “Academies” which “… considers student interest, national need and global demand for highly qualified graduate capable of competing at the most challenging levels,” according to the pamphlet located on the school website.

NMHS provides students with three different academies; The Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy for Global Leadership, and the S.T.E.M Academy.

The Academy of Arts and Letters is specifically designed for students “who investigate, through critical analysis, and finds value in differing interpretations, perspectives, cultures, and opinions.” The academy features two concentrations, Humanities and Performing Arts. Students in this academy “possess the desire to create, question, respond, critique, and communicate with others in writing, in speaking, and through works of art.”

The Academy for Global Leadership, or AGL, is for students that are interested in business, world languages, global perspectives in literature, and ethics. “The goal of the AGL is to prepare a new generation of critical thinkers for effective and ethical leadership, ready to act as global citizens in addressing international and national issues across cultures.”

The last academy, the S.T.E.M Academy, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, allows students that are interested in “learning through investigation, scientific, technological and mathematical inquiry, discovery and analysis,” to work in different courses that relate to future careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Each academy specializes in a specific area of interest for students, their purpose serves to assist in focusing and developing various skills and aid in discovering students’ true passions. The Academies allows students numerous opportunities to exploit these passions and gives them valuable and meaningful experiences. Along with their profound knowledge acquired from The Academies, it would help them pursue a potential career and establish a prosperous future, engaging in their dreams.

Mrs. Michelle Harle, a guidance counselor that works with the Academies, said that students should join the Academies because of having experience and exposure as well as opportunities available in the Academies.

“The Academies advocate outside thinking and new ways of education, but in life experience rather than academics. It provides career possibilities, life decision possibilities, and I believe the influence of the academies can alter their course in life in a very positive way.”

Mrs. Harle stated that the Academies are something very special to her as “[they] allow me to work with students that may not be assigned to me, that I wouldn’t have experience with unless it was through the Academies.”

She further explains, “I feel the students teach me things and help me understand viewpoints that I have never explored as a teacher.”

Mrs. Harle says that the most important aspect of the Academies is being open hearted and open minded.

“Go with experience and exposure by indulging in what you love doing. There is something for everyone in the Academies that allows a glimpse of the future. Each person will derive something from the Academies.”

With three different concentrations that all lead to great opportunities in the future, everyone will be able to choose an academy they will grow and develop in.

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