Houston ISD has developed an innovative model that will enable students to fulfill high school graduation requirements while simultaneously earning valuable industry certifications, college credits, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree by August after their senior year. Originally coined the Houston Innovative Learning Zone (HiLZ) for the inaugural year, each of the Futures Academy programs comes in direct response to frequent requests from students and the Houston community at large to bolster its portfolio of Career and Technical Education offerings while affording students unique, rigorous blended‐learning (face‐to‐face and online) environments.
The Futures Academy has helped HISD to recruit students from neighboring districts and provided students a clear reason to earn college‐ready scores as early as 9th grade to be able to start college while in high school. The degree and stackable industry credentials are aimed at providing students options after high school, to begin rewarding careers in high‐growth, high‐wage fields or to transfer earned college credits and continue their education at post-secondary institutions.
Working with Houston Community College and industry partners, the Futures Academy program will provide students the opportunity embark on a rigorous course of study to learn valuable technological and academic skills.
The programs are specifically tailored to meet the current and future needs of Houston's thriving industries, which include the fields of medicine, shipping, energy, manufacturing, and computer technology.
A minimum of 15 hours of college credits earned by Futures Academy graduates will come in core courses and will be transferable to any public Texas university.
The Eight Futures Academy programs:Furr High School - Academy of Petroleum Engineering TechnologyScarborough High School - Academy of Network & Computer Administration