Should learning in a focus area be integrated with learning in core areas, and if so,how?
Should all teaching and learning take place at school? Should some learning takeplace in the community?
How should students demonstrate their learning?
What types of learning will help students to be successful in college, and howshould that be integrated into instruction at the school?
Should the graduation requirements for students at the academy be identical tothose at other schools? If not, what should be added?Technology
How should technology be integrated into learning in an academy?
How will technology impact the library?
Will there be a need for general purpose computer labs? Will there be a need forcomputer labs for subjects that require special software, processing capability,peripherals?
How should the building be planned now to respond to what is anticipated orimagined in the future?Time
How should time be utilized to allow for individual student learning?
Should the entire school day for both teachers and students be fully scheduled orshould both teachers and students have some unscheduled time to work togetherand independently—to allow students to obtain help as needed, to pursue areas of interest? If so, how can time be used in order to help students know how toeffectively use unscheduled time?
Should students be able to earn credits outside the typical school day? Schoolyear? If so, should the school day be extended to allow students to take additionalcourses?School Size and Counseling and Advisories
What is the optimum maximum size for an academy? Conversely, is there aminimum size below which important programs or instruction cannot be offeredor costs become prohibitive?
What should the role of the counselor be at an academy?
How should counselors interface with students? When? Where?
What kind of advisory services should be provided in an academy?Performing and Visual Arts
If the focus of an academy is not on performing and visual arts, what kinds of PVA programs should be offered at an academy?
Should students be allowed to go to an alternative site to participate in performingand visual arts?Career and Technical Education
If the focus of an academy is not
on career and technical education, what kinds of CTE programs should be offered at an academy?
Should students be allowed to go to an alternative site to participate in CTE?Physical Education, Athletics and Intramurals
Which physical education courses should be offered?
What kinds of spaces should be provided for these courses?
Should students be allowed to participate in athletics at an academy? If not,should they be allowed to go to an alternative site to participate in athletics?