Future engineers 

New magnet track to be offered at Harlan High School; only one week left to apply.

March 09, 2009

Harlan Community Academy High School, 9652 S. Michigan Ave., is set to forge a new generation of engineers with the launch of its new engineering magnet program next year.


 Applications are available now for the program, which will feature courses such as robotics, mechanics, and an introduction to engineering and engineering principles. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students will understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. 


Incoming freshmen from throughout the city are encouraged to apply; applications will be accepted until March 13. The program will begin at the freshman level in September 2009 and add one grade each year until it serves grades 9-12. Available spaces will be filled through a citywide application process. In order to be included in the computerized lottery, applicants must have minimum stanine scores of five in reading and mathematics on their seventh-grade standardized tests. In addition, up to 30% of the applicants will be selected from qualified students who live in the Harlan attendance boundary. 


Harlan principal Reginald Evans stated that one of the best features of the new engineering program will be the students’ exposure to a wide array of engineering fields, thus giving them numerous career options to pursue. Evans added that the engineering program is designed to be a portal into biomechanics, aeronautics, and other applied math and science arenas.


“Children cannot be what they cannot see,” Evans said. “Getting them involved with engineering via hands-on applications and professional instructors will help them see their dreams come true.”


The program at Harlan, which exposes students to both engineering and technology, is the first high school magnet engineering program in the Chicago Public Schools, according to Abigayil Joseph, Academic Enhancement Officer, which is spearheading the implementation and development of this initiative.  


“This is a program that will benefit students citywide as well as those who live in the Harlan school community,” Joseph said. “It is the first of its kind, but we expect that its success will lead to replications throughout the school system.”


Download an  application now.


For more information call Academic Enhancement at (773) 553-2060.