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    Welcome to the Biotech Academy

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    The Biotech Academy is a specialized learning program that brings together science, mathematics, and language arts to prepare students for advanced study and a career in science. Integrated Curriculum Includes Science, Mathematics, and Language Arts.  In the Biotechnology Career Academy students are encouraged to learn how science, math, and language arts work together. They will study advanced mathematics and use it in the context of biology, chemistry, and genetics.

    This program offers a rigorous study of reading and writing that will promote connections between science and literature with an emphasis on scientific discovery. Students will enjoy exciting but demanding labs, working with the same high-tech equipment used by scientists.

    Entering the Program

    Bio Tech image students workingStudents may enter the 3-year program at the beginning of their freshman year. In 2019-2020, there are 60 spots for the two biology/biotechnology sections. Students entering the program must qualify for geometry at a minimum (have successfully completed Algebra 1).

    Applications will be available on this page in mid-April, once school assignments have been made.

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    Please refer to the BHS Course Catalog pdf icon for more detailed information for each course offered at Ballard High School.

    Applications Freshman Cohort: 2019-2020 School Year

    The 9th grade Biotechnology Academy Cohort Application pdf icon posted is for the school year 2019-20. Applications for 2020-21 due date is TBD.  Students are responsible for completing the application and obtaining a written teacher recommendation. Both the application and the recommendation form must be submitted by the student by the deadline. No teacher e-mail recommendations are accepted.

    Incoming Ballard High School 9th Graders

    Who Should Apply to the 9th Grade Cohort?

    • Students who are ready to take Biotech Biology and Geometry.
    • Students who are interested in a college-prep program with a strong science, writing and math emphasis.
    • Students who want to be part of a small community of learners that includes students & teachers.

    If you are interested, please download a current year application which will be available mid-April and return by the deadline.   

    Biotechnology Students Compete in Regional Science Fairs

    Bio Tech Students at Regional FairCentral Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair and Student BioExpo

    Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair

    Visit the Ballard Biotech Blog for what's happening in Biotech!

    Biotech Lead Teacher
    Penny Pagels


    Additional Resources and Information

    What is the Biotech Academy?

    Biotech Application for Freshman CohortPDF

    Biotech Academy Highlights and FAQ