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Local School Signature Programs

In addition to offering a comprehensive high school program, a number of high schools have created signature programs that integrate a specific focus or distinguishing theme with the skills, concepts, and instructional strategies of some portion of a school’s curriculum. The theme or focus becomes the vehicle for teaching the traditional high school curriculum in a fresh, interesting, and challenging way. In some cases, the school may adopt a school- wide signature focus. Some schools have also created themed academies to engage students through a small learning community approach.

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Developing interests and expertise

Making connections between school and possible college and career paths

Learning new skills


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High schools offering signature programs

Gaithersburg High School

The Signature Academies

The Signature Academies of Gaithersburg High School offer students a unique style of comprehensive secondary education. The academies foster and nurture academic success, professionalism and personal growth while preparing our students for a global tomorrow. The academies are designed to promote rigor and relevance and provide students with an opportunity to explore a variety of career paths by choosing courses related to areas of interest. In addition to the five career themed academies, Gaithersburg High School is the site of the National Academy Foundation's Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) and the nation's only student run trading room; in the Academy of Finance (AOF).

The academies at Gaithersburg are:

  • Ninth Grade Academy
  • Academy of Arts and Communication
  • Academy of Business Studies
  • Academy of Leadership and Education
  • Academy of Science and Technology

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