"The grant is specifically for the planning, implementation and continuation of smaller learning communities, such as career and themed academics at schools with student populations of 1,000 or more," Jacksonville High School Assistant Principal Angela Garland said in a written response to questions about the grant.
"The goal for each site is to have wall-to-wall academies by 2013," Garland
"By moving to a wall-to-wall academy structure at each school, students will be able to participate in career and themed smaller learning communities based upon their interests and goals," Garland
The expected results of the academies are what spawned the grant application.
"The impact that this will have on the future of our students' educational opportunities over the next few years and beyond is the reason why the three schools applied for the SLC grant," Garland
While smaller learning communities are the main focus, the schools will also work to develop professional learning communities.
"For teachers, this will mean professional development at each site, as well as collaborative professional development that will bring teachers from all three schools together.
For students, this will entail working with college/university and business partners as they participate in academy events and curricular related activities," Garland
However, students will reap more benefits than staff.
"Ultimately the opportunities that will be available to students will result in higher academic achievement, additional exploration of post secondary educational endeavors, higher SAT participation and preparation for success in college," Garland