AAPS offers rich instruction in visual arts, choral music, orchestra, band, jazz, theater and dance that all positively impact the whole student academically.
Speaking a language other than English is essential 21st century proficiency our students will need in order to thrive in a world that is increasingly more interconnected and global in nature. The new State of Michigan High School Graduation standard expects that all students will acquire 2-credits of world language before graduation. Ann Arbor Public Schools has begun implementation of systemwide world language experiences for students beginning in third grade and continuing through high school. Ann Arbor Public Schools students will be well on their way to language learning beginning with their elementary world language experience and continuing into the multiple language offerings available in our exceptional high school programs.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) provides comprehensive middle and high school programs for both engineering and biomedical career paths. PLTW is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. The engineering career path consists of 8 nine-week units that are taught in middle school and 8 year-long courses that are offered in high school. The biomedical sciences career path consists of four high school courses. Each course concludes with a standardized test to gauge student performance and is cross-walked with the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Upon completion of the program students are offered the opportunity to take an exam, which upon successful completion, will provide college credit at numerous universities, including; Eastern Michigan University, Lawrence Technological University, and Kettering University.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes offer students an opportunity to develop skills that will lead to employment upon graduation, or provide a foundation that will assist them in pursuing a post secondary education after graduating from high school. High School students that are enrolled in state-approved Career and Technical Education Programs can get a jump-start on their college education for free. Much like dual enrollment, it means earning credits towards a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time.
Courses of study with Michigan Merit Curriculum credit and the possibility of post-secondary credit at Washtenaw Community College include:
Courses of study with Michigan Merit Curriculum credit and the possibility of post-secondary credit at Eastern Michigan University include: