Columbus City Schools and PACT have partnered for the creation of the Health Sciences Academies (HSA) at East High, Champion Middle and Beatty Park, East Columbus, Eastgate, Ohio Avenue and Trevitt Elementary Schools. Schools are the cornerstones of strong neighborhoods and the HSA will serve that same function. The goal of the HSA is to increase the academic performance of the students who reside on the Near East Side of Columbus, Ohio. Graduates of the Health Sciences Academies will be ready for college, career, military or to become entrepreneurs. It is also designed to increase the number of students seeking advanced study in health sciences academic fields and increase student interest and achievement in career fields that require health sciences skills or other occupations within health industries (office/clerical, food service, maintenance). The feeder pattern will provide direct linkages between students and health sciences occupations and post-secondary education and training. This would include involvement in early college coursework and internships and career exploration in collaboration with Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus State Community College, and other local health sciences employers, and programs to reduce the need for college remediation. One focus would be on developing pathways to careers that provide services to residents of the PACT neighborhood, such as community health workers, or others that are in demand by local employers. Health Sciences Academies will be an education destination for current and new residents.
- Planning for Face and Community Engagement (FACE) in each school to address non-academic barriers (stress, health, limited parental engagement)
- Planning for a Summer Bridge program to prepare students and parents to join the Health Sciences Academies
- Creating a best practices model for public/public partnerships