Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy|Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
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Educational Pathways

he Herberger Academy offers a education for our gifted community using the Cambridge International Examination curriculum. The academy distinguishes is cohorts in the following way:

Middle Years  (~11-13 year-olds)

The Middle Years is the Academy's middle school experience using a highly integrated curriculum blending language arts, humanities and science. The core content areas are team taught with a student/teacher ratio of 13:1. Herberger Middle Years students are able to move through accelerated content with the potential to enroll in high school level courses for high school credit.  

IGCSE Integrated (13-15 year-olds)

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) engages students in a highly accelerated curriculum through the first two years of their high school experinence. At the IGCSE level, coursework expounds upon topics from the Middles Years, and introduces new and challenging content across the core areas of language arts, history, government, physical sciences and biochemistry. Students are evaluated through Cambridge International Assessments taken throughout the two year period. The cohort model extends through the IGCSE years, as the students and highly qualified faculty stay togther on their educational journey for both IGCSE years. 

A-level (15-18 year-olds)

A-Level is a two year program intended to prepare students for higher level learning at the post-secondary level. AS/A-Level courses from Cambridge International Examinations curriculum are considered to be Pre-Univeristy level courses and are offered across four content areas (Language Arts, STEM, Humanities, and Global Perspectives). Students will choose many of their courses at this level based on individual interest and aspiration. Successful completion of A-Level courses and satisfactory scores on the A-Level examinations can earn college level credit by examination and the internationally recognized Advanced International Certificate of Secondary Education (AICE) Diploma.  

In addition, during the A-Level years, opportunities outside Herberger Academy classrooms become available. Students can participate in our exchange program with Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. Students are expected to participate in a Herberger sponsored mentorship to conduct a research project with an ASU professor, or gain hands on experience in an industry of their choosing. Students study under the direction of a professional/expert in the student's field of interest. The mentor, the student, and the coordinator design a curricular plan of activities and projects that expose the student to real-life work situations.

The Herberger student experience culminates in a capstone class where students construct and defend a portfolio that demonstrates mastery of academic and socical-emotional skills developed over the course of their Herberger Academy career.