Social Justice Academy at East Chapel Hill High - committed to the ideas and values of social justice, fairness, and equality for all. For more information about these academies or any high school courses, contact your school counselor. To see academy courses within this course book, look for these symbols next to a course description.
What is an academy?
The Social Justice Academy at East Chapel High School is a Humanities-based interdisciplinary program that seeks to examine the world in which live from a “ground-up” rather than “top-down” perspective. To achieve these ends, the Academy’s mission is three-fold: to promote 1) a collaborative community (in course work and curriculum) among students and teachers, 2) experiential learning, and 3) service to others.
Students enrolled in the Academy will take classes with their fellow members all four years of high school. All classes within the Academy are blended. Teachers in the Academy, in turn, will collaborate with one another and with colleagues in the East Arts, CTE, and AVID programs to design class days that supplement the traditional English and History curriculums by incorporating works and topics of study from our drama, art, music, science, food science, biomedical and engineering programs.
In terms of experiential learning, each year students will be offered the opportunity to take field trips designed to provide greater depth and enrichment of the topics they are studying. In the past, students have attended school talks by guest speakers addressing Islamophobia, the Holocaust, Voting Rights, and International Human Rights. Students have traveled locally to attend theater productions, the NC Art Museum and Symphony, as well as annually to Washington, D.C. and New York City, N.Y., respectively, to explore major institutions of finance and government like the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, NYSE, and the N.Y. Federal Reserve. US History students traveled this year to Georgia and Alabama to focus on the fight for Civil Rights. Every spring break, students are given the opportunity to travel abroad to further their horizons and cultural understandings. Past trips have included travel to Czech Republic/ Austria/Germany, Turkey, France, Peru and Italy. This year students attended classes at Oxford University.
Finally, each incoming class will be required to complete their required 25 hours of service learning for graduation at identified/approved local Social Justice community organizations. Students will also be expected, over the course of four years, to attend Social Justice community events and help out and participate in school clubs, and events, like the Capstone Equity and Inclusiveness Summit. This year the capstone was a TedTalk @ East.
How do students become a part of an academy?
f you’re interested in enrolling in the SJA as an incoming freshman, you need to do the following: 1) Sign up for college prep or honors Social World History & college prep or honors English I Social Justice Perspective with your counselor during course registration AND 2) Submit freshman registration form on this website to Mr. Link (rm firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 15, 2019 to be included in the initial pool of applicants. Please direct all questions about this year’s enrollment process to your counselor and/or Mr. Link.
*Historically, the Social Justice Academy is always over-enrolled. If more applications are submitted than spots are available for freshman year, students will enrolled by lottery.
In subsequent years, continued student enrollment will be determined by satisfaction of course and service learning requirements. Students not entering the Academy their freshman year, may subsequently enroll in their sophomore, junior or senior year if space is available. The process is similar to the path described above. A course planning guide is included: