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Smaller Learning Communities at CHS

October 12, 2010

As part of the district and campus strategic planning process, Coppell High School (CHS) has been moving toward creating smaller learning communities within the school. At present, there are four smaller learning communities: International Baccalaureate (IB) and three career-themed academies. All CHS smaller learning communities stress rigor, relevance, and relationships.

CHS began the IB Diploma Program, a rigorous international curriculum recognized by universities around the world, in 2009-10 and is now in its second year with 103 juniors and 46 seniors. For more information about IB, click here.  In addition to IB, CHS launched three academies in 2010-11. This includes the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy, Public Services Academy, and Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) Academy. At present, the STEM Academy involves 90 freshman and 49 sophomores (139 total) and is focused on Engineering. The Public Services Academy houses 90 freshman and began with two primary career strands: education and medicine. There are 62 freshman involved in the EMAC Academy, which focuses on communications-related careers. In time, CHS will expand the career academies to include students in grades 9 through 12.

For more information on the CHS career academies, visit and

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