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Zoo Academy

Who should attend the Zoo Academy?
Do you want to learn about the environment? Do you enjoy life
science and research? Are you looking for a future career where you can work with animals?  Then this academy is for you! 


What is the Zoo Academy?
The Zoo Academy is one of the few academies that can be a full day
program.  Four PLSD certified teachers (math, science, language arts and social studies) are housed at the Zoo in this miniature PLSD high school. Students attending the Zoo Academy can gain all of the credits they need to graduate from high school right at the Zoo. Students can also choose to go back to their high school for a portion of the day to obtain electives, AP credit or participate in extracurricular activities.  This academy is designed to meet the individual needs of the students. 
What is a typical day?
Through this academy, students are able to explore all aspects of the Zoo.  With the entire Zoo serving as the classroom, students learn their core curriculum through zoo related themes.  They also work side by side with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo professionals in a rotation of internships.  Students experience first-hand careers like zoology, genetics, ecology, vet science, horticulture, animal behavior, marine biology, zoo management, business, marketing and more.         
Location: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Transportation:  It is provided at the beginning and end of the day from the students home high school.
Prerequisites: On track for graduation, successful completion of Biology and Physical Sceince classes.
Credit Options: High school credit and Metro Community College credit
Cost: $50 uniform fee, MCC tuition (if applicable).
Can I tour the Zoo Academy?
Zoo Academy tours will take place in November for students at both high schools. Day and Times are TBD. Talk with your guidance counselor for more information.  
How do I apply?
To apply for a PLSD Academy program, students must complete an online application which can be found at Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available from November 4-11. Beginning on the evening of November 4, students will need to log in to the District website and then navigate to the academy application. It will be a flyout under the maroon bar "academy programs." The application form will time out after 30 minutes. The academy questions have been provided under Academy Programs - How to Apply so students can write their essay questions ahead of time and then copy and paste into the application.

How can you learn more?
For more information please contact:
  • Guidance counselor at your high school
  • Contact the Academy Programs Office at 402-537-6217
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