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Pre AP Heritage/IB Honors Academy (7-8)

Rancho Starbuck is Lowell Joint School District's only junior high school.  They are continuously one of the highest achieving schools in the area and they have added additional programs to their already long list of academic curriculum to better serve students and help them develop passions.  The Pre AP/IB Honors Academy program is for those students in Honors Math, Language Arts and Advanced Computer Science that are looking to achieve more and prepare themselves further for high school and beyond.  Students in this program must apply and once in, must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher.  The program requires students to research a topic of their choice about how they can make a difference in the world.  They work under the guidance of their chosen mentor.  This program stretches our students in the areas of public speaking, research, responsibility and synthesizing their research into an action plan.  These students will finish the year with their capstone presentation where they showcase their hard work and great ideas!
The Conservatory of Fine Arts is another exquisite program that Rancho Starbuck offers.  This program is geared towards fine and performing art students who are tasked with the same goal of developing a capstone project idea in the field of their choice under the direction of their chosen mentor.  Students must be enrolled in a fine or performing art and maintain a 4.0 GPA in their artistic specialty to be accepted into this program.  CoFA students are also tasked with developing and presenting their capstone projects at an evening event for staff, family and community members.  We encourage students to be creative and use their passions and gifts to develop a meaningful project based on their research.  We are proud to offer these programs that produce high ranking students and future leaders of our society.