Middle School Academies
VISA (Venture Integrated School of the Arts) - Grades 6,7,8
Venture Integrated School of the Arts (VISA) is an academy choice for students in grades 6-8 who are interested in enriching their education through the arts. Students use technology and the arts to explore and expand their understanding of the world in their core curriculum. In addition, each student in VISA participates in at least one visual and performing arts class.
APEX (Academic Performance EXcellence) - Grades 7,8
APEX is an academy choice for students in grades 7 and 8 who rotate through five core classes each day. This academy provides another integrated learning option where the focus is on achieving the academic skills needed to pursue professional and higher learning objectives. Along with essential direct instruction in the core subjects, project based assignments challenge students to explore the world with hands-on activities and Internet accessed media, to be creative with a variety of materials, and to communicate using written and electronic delivery options.
Historic Durham Ferry - Grades 5,6,7,8
Historic Durham Ferry is available for middle school students in grades 5-8 and high school students in grades 9-12. The site is located approximately 7 miles south of Manteca. Historic Durham Ferry provides hands-on experiences in agriculture, natural resources and ecology, leadership, outdoor education and applied multimedia technology. It is located on a 290-acre park nestled within the riparian habitat of the San Joaquin River.
Historic Durham Ferry is comprised of a ranch with state-of-the-art facilities, nature trails through open areas and riparian forests, a student operated visitor center and modern classrooms. Each instructor brings expertise, a passion for teaching and a desire to provide students with rich learning opportunities within this natural laboratory. Students receive instruction using non-traditional, thematic approaches in core academic subjects. Historic Durham Ferry staff is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, research and developing leadership qualities in students who will make a positive difference both locally and globally. Teachers work toward improving students' ability to think critically, use common sense, and demonstrate a strong work ethic.
Students who attend Historic Durham Ferry are those who are prepared to work hard, get dirty, and play passionately, and leave Historic Durham Ferry career and college ready.
Kinect Academy is a full day academy that focuses on kinesthetic learning while balancing student’s competitive nature with team building, sportsmanship and collaboration. All students are expected to participate fully in daily physical education class and adhere to an athletic dress code. Core classes and electives are offered to all grades with an AVID course for 7th and 8th grade. Additional academic support is available after school and on Fridays.