In the fall of 2013, the Academy @ Shawnee opened an aerospace magnet school for 50 select students in grade six. This exciting opportunity creates, over time, a 6–12 continuum on the Academy campus for students committed to the field of aerospace, which encompasses the Academy’s hallmark programs of aviation, engineering, and the naval junior reserve officer training corps (NJROTC).

The program prepares students by helping them develop the core skills needed to be successful at the high school level and beyond. As part of the middle school program, students engage in real-world aviation experiences during 15 days of extended learning time—5 days in the spring semester after acceptance into the program and 10 days in the summer. The program admits students who have a strong record of academic achievement and good attendance—and who are committed to participating in the extended-time experiences.

Hosted on the same campus as the Academy @ Shawnee Aquatics Center and the Challenger Learning Center, students can experience the sense of weightlessness and save the planet from a comet bearing down on the earth—all in the same day.
•Offering the newest program for JCPS middle schoolers, the Academy provides leading-edge learning tools and maximizes the flexibility intended for middle school education.
•Students experience the exciting field of aerospace, blending engineering and aviation with math, science, and technology.
•Extended learning opportunities are offered via the Challenger Learning Center, which is located on the campus.
•The small program size allows for intimate learning opportunities and meaningful parent involvement.
The Academy @ Shawnee (formerly, Shawnee High School Magnet Career Academy [MCA]), is a magnet high school in the Jefferson County Public School District in northwest Louisville, Kentucky, with a focus in Aerospace. Qualifying students choose from Aerospace-Flight, Aerospace-Maintenance, Aerospace-Travel & Tourism, Aerospace Engineering, and the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC).

The campus is 330,000 square feet - the largest in Jefferson County. Within it reside more than the high school. Space is shared with a Neighborhood Place (branch of city government for social services), Early Childhood Center, Jefferson Community Technical College Aviation Maintenance Campus, Newcomer
Academy (transition school for immigrants and refugees), aquatics center, and Challenger Learning Center.

With magnet programs in aviation-flight, aviation-maintenance, engineering, and naval junior ROTC, the Academy offers unique opportunities to all of Jefferson County. A small high school, the Academy serves approximately 500 students; 90% come from the immediate resides area. The Academy meets the high needs population (poverty, special education, & adjudication) with extensive therapeutic, health, and basic needs services that reach into the family and the home.

The Academy @ Shawnee is the only high school in the nation to offer a FAR Part 141 Private Pilot Course. This level of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification is normally only found at the university level. Students who complete the Academy’s program may receive up to nine college credits. Students fly simulators, take familiarization flights, build scale models, take field trips to major players in the Aerospace industry such as UPS, and have the opportunity to compete with other aviation students through organizations such as Skills USA. During the junior year, the actual FAA curriculum for Ground School starts as students begin to work towards the opportunity to spend their senior year flying and earning their Private Pilots Licenses.

In 2011-12, the Academy received a visit from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan based upon the school's turnaround efforts and documented gains in proficiency performance (2nd largest gain in the state in one year's time). The progress is based upon a talented group of teachers who came to the Academy as part of its re-staffing efforts. The Academy debunks the myth that experienced, talented teachers will not go to a low performing school without financial remuneration.

In recent years, the Academy opened the country's newest Challenger Learning Center (CLC). The CLC is a 3-hour space simulation experience serving all schools in the area (including southern IN, southern OH, and central KY). Our next phase of development is to extend the school's grade span to 6-12. A new middle grades aerospace magnet opened in the fall of 2013 and will evenutally accomodate 100 6th - 8th grade students.

The Academy is one of five West Louisville schools selected as part of the Signature Partnership initiative with the University of Louisville.
To apply to the Academy, you first need to complete the JCPS online application. After the application is submitted, Academy staff may contact the applicant for additional application materials, such as recommendations and work samples. The school may also review the applicant’s attendance records, grades, and test scores. Transportation is provided for most district students who are accepted into one of the school’s aerospace programs. Click here for more information on applying to the program.

No, there is no uniform. However, a reasonable dress code is enforced.
Even with a rigorous and packed academic experience, the Academy offers a well-rounded educational experience for all students. This includes world language study as well as traditional electives such as art and music.
Aerospace is the nexus of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students at the Academy are immersed in these disciplines both during and beyond the school day. Students have an interest in continuing their aerospace interest in high school, aligning coursework and participating in extracurricular activities to pursue the high school magnet programs of aviation flight, aviation maintenance, engineering, and the NJROTC.
The middle grades aerospace program is a countywide magnet, meaning students from all across the county can apply for admittance—but space is limited!
Specific criteria includes aspects of strong academic performance, attendance, behavior, and recommendations. Click here for more information on applying to the program.
In the middle grades, students gain the fundamental tools necessary to “learn how to learn” in the field of aerospace. This development is fostered through:
•Project Lead the Way’s Gateway to Technology—a nationally acclaimed pre-engineering curriculum
•Extended Learning Opportunities—Occurring both within and beyond the school day, students explore aerospace through familiarization flights, rocket construction and launch, flight simulator training, and orienteering and navigation challenges.
•Opportunities to engage in shadowing at aerospace facilities and take advantage of cloud-based, hands-on Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) simulation activities through WhiteBox Learning

In addition, all middle grades students will travel with the Challenger Learning Center once a year to the moon, distant asteroid belts, the international space station, and beyond.
Aerospace is the nexus of math/science/technology principles and those of engineering. It is the next phase of educational advancement in technical sciences. While these other schools offer some of the same tenets, the Academy is the only JCPS school to align curricula and experiential learning with aerospace industry licensing and certification across a 6—12 grade span.

Students in the aerospace middle grades program commit to participating in 15 days of extended learning opportunities each year—some beginning prior to admission this spring. These experiences will promote the hands-on aspects of aerospace learning, such as rocket construction, robotics configuration, missions to Mars, and more.
The Work Intensifies
As a junior, flight students begin ground school and take their exam at year’s end. As seniors, students log flight hours from Clarksville airfield at no charge.
Upon entering the junior year, aviation maintenance students begin dual-credit courses on site with JCTC. Students may complete almost half of the Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license by graduation. After high school graduation, JCTC will pay for qualifying Academy students to complete their A&P license.
Project Lead the Way takes high school students through core engineering classes which culminate in a fourth-course capstone project, in which students tailor the assignment to match their interests and professional aspirations. Theory and practice merge, giving students the full exposure necessary to see principles at work in real-life applications.
The NJROTC builds student leadership, followership, character, and integrity as students learn how achieving a greater good requires cohesion among all moving parts—just like engineering, flight, and maintenance. Students will discover new abilities within themselves to plan, lead, analyze, perform, and evaluate. Those wishing to parlay this experience into the armed forces will enter at a higher rank; those moving on to other arenas carry with them the newfound sense of self and sense of community built as a member of the corps.
In flight, the curriculum follows the regimen of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified part 141 flight school. “Part 141” is the most rigorous certification available for a private pilot’s license program. In aviation maintenance, it is Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) part 147. In engineering, students engage in the nationally acclaimed program, “Project Lead the Way.”
Private Pilot’s License
Airframe & Powerplant License (A&P license requires one additional year at JCTC; all expenses paid)
There are many youth across the country that will apply to college and have a strong grade point average, solid test scores, and a list of athletic and extracurricular involvement. Industry certifications can set students apart from the masses. There are not many students nationally who can claim to be “pilot” or “A&P” certified on their college applications!