Bethpage Academy of Technology
Preparing Students for the Digital World
The Bethpage Union Free School District has initiated a new program - "a school within a school" - at Bethpage High School. The Bethpage Academy of Technology is a unique curriculum offering for high school students. The Academy of Technology is built around a core of classes that place computer technology at the center of learning. Students enrolled in Academy courses are required to meet rigorous standards in a technology-rich environment.
The mission of the Bethpage Academy of Technology is to provide students with a standards-based education that emphasizes the increased importance of information technology in a global society.
The success of the Bethpage Academy of Technology is linked to our successful partnerships with corporate and community leaders. Our partners have made donations of hardware and software, have mentored Bethpage students, have visited and talked to classes about careers and cutting edge technology and have offered advice on planning our future. Among the partners involved already are:
- Bethpage Chamber of Commerce
- Briarcliffe College
- Cablevision Systems
- Cisco Systems
- ClassLink Technologies
- Dell Computer
- Open System Technologies
Students enrolled in the Bethpage Academy of Technology must complete all the requirements for a New York State Regents Diploma as outlined by the New York Board of Regents. In addition, students in the 8th grade are encouraged to develop a four year education plan, which will allow them to meet the requirements of the Academy.
Certification from the Academy also requires a student portfolio documenting their use and understanding of technology over the high school years. A final presentation must be made to a Technology Review Panel (comprised of faculty, administrators, and corporate partners). Students will be encouraged, but not required to enroll in an internship program with a corporate partner.