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Academy of Applied Sciences and Engineering Exploration

The DISCOVER Academy is a structured academic program within Sequoia that offers the advantages of both large and small learning communities. Using history, applied sciences, and engineering exploration as interdisciplinary themes, the academy stresses hands-on, innovative, and inquiry-based education to encourage a lifelong love of learning in students.

DISCOVER’s students are afforded the opportunity to take full advantage of Sequoia’s diverse offering of electives, highly regarded physical education curriculum, and varied educational and social activities. Simultaneously, the Academy students will cultivate their critical thinking and creative skills in Sequoia's intensive and pioneering DISCOVER Academy.

The DISCOVER Academy’s rigorous three-year program design provides students the opportunity to enrich their learning via content-specific thematic units.

6th Grade Themes:
Power of Water
Hierarchies and Structure
Causes of Failure
Man-made/natural Architecture

7th Grade Themes:
Innovation and Inventions
Structure and Function

Survival and Adaptation
8th Grade Themes:
Growth and Formation

Liberation and Laws
Progression and Advancement

Deductive Reasoning
Technology: Multimedia • Web-Based Learning • Research Projects • Targeted Computer Skills
Inquiry Based
Standards Centered
Cross Curricular
Real-life: Guest Speakers • Field Excursions • Community Service Projects
Outreach Projects
Varied Modes of Instruction
Environmental Awareness
Synthesis & Mastery: Trimester Projects • 8th Grade Culminating Project
Relevant Application of Technology

Mr. Rick Fowler-6th Math & Science
Mrs. Lisa Gleason-6th English & ELD
Mrs. Amy Haver-6th Math & Science
Mrs. Jilian Metzner-7th English
Mrs. Danielle Barra-7th Science
Mrs. Shannon Baranski-8th English
Mr. Keith Jones-8th History
Mrs. Abby Torres-8th Science

Students will apply through the C.V.U.S.D. school choice program. Information regarding the school choice program is available at


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