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BlueCross Tech Academy

In September of 2019, SDHS was chosen by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee for their 2nd BlueCross Technology Academy in Hamilton County. BCBST has given our community of Soddy Daisy a tremendous gift that will make a huge impact on our students, our school, and our community! Future Trojans have some great things to look forward to in the area of technology, coding, web design, cybersecurity and networking.



We will be adding more information about this new Future Ready Institute Program as it becomes available! 

BCBST Press Release

BCBST Announcement on News12

Times Free Press

News 9

HCDE Press Release



Take a little peek at what the students have done during the 2018-2019 school year at SDHS in the area of technology. Below is an example of the type of opportunities that could happen in the BlueCross Technology Academy at SDHS. Most importantly, giving the students opportunities to succeed and empowering them to be life long learners.

Computer Game Challenge

Visit the official ChattCycle Computer Game to see the game in action.

Hour of Code organized by upper-classmen.

Amazon Future Engineer Program

Timeline of our journey



Future Ready Institutes are built with Small Learning Communities in mind. A place where students will be a member of a “school within a school” atmosphere and attend classes with peers that have similar career interests. In our case, students interested in technology, coding, web design, networks, and cybersecurity.  Students in this small learning community will also be in a cohort for their core classes (English, Science, Math, and History), which means their core subject classes will have a technology component, along with being taught by teachers interested in technology.

Our goal is to provide Engaging Learning Opportunities for our students where they will be engaged in project-based learning opportunities, hands-on learning, as well as instruction with real-world connections around our career theme, technology.

Business and Community Partnerships are at the foundation of the Future Ready Institutes and students will be connected to local business and community partners. These partnerships will allow for opportunities for students to learn from successful career professionals in the area of technology.

Students will have a Post-Secondary Jump-start in our institute, as students will have opportunities to obtain dual credit/dual enrollment opportunities, along with the option to earn college credit in two AP Computer Science courses. Also, students will have the opportunity to earn work-ready credentials to give them an advantage for life after high school in the field of technology.



Courses


Possible course selections for students that are part of the BlueCross Technology Academy at Soddy Daisy are currently under-construction at this time. We will be finalizing the course options soon.  Below is a rough outline. 

NOTE:

All Future Ready Institute students can still participate in BAND and JROTC. 
Students not enrolled in Band and JROTC will have extra electives in their schedule and will be able to complete both Coding and Web Paths of study if they want.



Freshman Year

Algebra I/Geometry 
English 9
Science (PWC)
World History
Computer Science Foundations**
Computer Applications*
Elective

Industry Certification

*Microsoft Office Applications
**CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) 


Junior Year

Algebra 2/DE Calculus
Biology
Coding 2** and/or Web Development ***
English 11
U.S. History
Elective
Elective

Industry Certifications

** Coming soon
*** Coming soon
Note: Exploring options for Dual Enrollment for IT Courses







What type of impact does project based learning have on the students? 


An event was planned for non-coding 9th grade students by the upper class men who had some coding experience. They want to create an event to promote coding at SDHS and used Code.org's Hour of Code as a basis for their event. 

The non-coding student responds to their own coding skills before and after the event.  Confidence in coding increased.

Hour of Code Self Reflection on Coding Skills

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Sophomore Year

Geometry/Algebra 2
English 10
Chemistry
Web Design***
Coding 1**/AP Computer Science Principles*
Corporate Wellness
Elective

Industry Certification
*AP College Credit exam
** Coding Certificate
*** HTML/CSS Certificate



Senior Year

English 12
AP Stats/Bridge/AP Calculus
Biology 2/Geology/Physics
Economics/Government
AP Computer Science A*/Dual Enrollment** and/or Work-Based Learning for Web Track***
Elective
Elective

Industry Certification

*AP College Credit exam
** Coming soon
*** Work in the field of Wed Design and Development
Note: Exploring options for Dual Enrollment for IT Courses




There are two Paths of Study in the BlueCross Technology Academy at SDHS

Coding: Python and Java

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Web Design and Development: HTML 5, CSS, JavaScript

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