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Darby Health Sciences Academy Now Accepting Applications

The Health Sciences Academy at Darby Middle School is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. The HSA is designed to provide innovative academic learning through a healthcare lens. Project-based and hands-on learning will accelerate academics in the areas of math and science, as well as expose students to occupations within the healthcare industry. In addition to rigorous academic preparation, this academy will help students develop proper workplace skills, terminology, ethics, and procedures for the ever-changing medical field by using an established curriculum from Project Lead The Way (PLTW).  Through the academy experience, students will also receive opportunities for clinical site work, job shadowing, and mentoring in the local healthcare industry.

6th-grade students stay on campus for all their classes. The 7th grade class will conduct their core classes and Health Professions Class at Baptist Hospital, while 8th grade will do the same at Mercy Hospital. This partnership provides an incredible experience that is unlike any other middle school in the state of Arkansas. Students will be challenged academically while having the opportunity to experience real-world applications in the classroom.  This is not just for students who have already shown an interest in the medical field or a related area in STEM, but for any student who wants to be challenged by their teacher and peers to think and learn at a high level. HSA students will also be able to acquire CPR and Stop the Bleed certification.

Application Requirements

  • Students must have satisfactory attendance and behavior to be considered.
  • Students must meet or exceed Arkansas ACT Aspire expectations in the areas of literacy and math.
  • A lottery system will be used if the number of applicants exceeds available placements.