Academies and CTE Programs

The Freshman Academy

Roxborough freshman are introduced to life at Roxborough in our Freshman Academy. During their freshman year, our ninth graders take English I, Algebra I, World History, Physical Science, and a new Freshman Seminar course designed to facilitate the transition from middle school to the academically rigorous coursework that they will experience as high school students. Throughout the year, freshmen engage in activities specifically designed to prepare them for the rest of their high school career, and are exposed to the career focused programs into which they will matriculate as sophomores.

The Academy of Visual Arts Production (Web Design, Film and Video Production & Graphic Design)

Web Design students learn how to work with HTML, CSS, and learn to build web sites using current trends in the industry. Students in the program learn the soft skills of UX and UI as well as the hard skills of the code needed to build dynamic sites.   This program prepares students to earn industry-recognized certification in HTML & CSS through  Certiport in Illustrator and Photoshop, and also prepares students for the Web Design NOCTI.  Scoring advanced or proficient on this exam will offer incentives in community and state colleges through the SOARS program.

Film and Video Production students work with the ever-changing technology that shapes the way we see the world. Cinematography students learn through hands-on experience with cutting edge software, professional grade equipment, including a television studio, industry standard cameras and microphones, and a lab equipped with digital editing computers featuring Final Cut Pro.

The Graphic Design course introduces the students to the creative processes used in printed and digital media fields. Students will explore the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc) to create visually dynamic printed and digital products. Emphasis is placed on industry standards, software operation, the creative process, project management and good work habits. Students will be committed to lifelong learning as they grow individually, participate in groups, think analytically, create artistic products, and contribute to the production of various projects.

The Academy of Health Sciences and Research (Biotechnology & Kinesiology)

Biotechnology students engage in a rigorous, activity-based curriculum that strengthens and enhances their lab skills, exposes them to career paths in the field of biotechnology, prepares and places students in internships, and supports applications.

Kinesiology students develop knowledge and skills they will need to pursue careers in sports, fitness, and exercise. This program includes instruction in human anatomy and physiology, exercise science, nutrition and the management of sports related programs and facilities.

The Academy of Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship (International Business, Business Applications & Business Finance and Sports Marketing & Management)

Academy of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship students follow a three sequence of International Business courses in which they acquire the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in both college and the world of business.  Business students explore a curriculum that includes  keyboarding and word processing, marketing, office skills, business management, business communication, digital literacy, accounting, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. Business students participate in annual Future Business Leaders of America competition, as well as programs supported by The Business Center of Entrepreneurship, Philadelphia Academies, Inc., Technology Symposium (sponsored by Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Engineering Department), and Pennsylvania Economics.