The Owensboro Innovation Academy will announce its first class at a public ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Riverpark Center. The class will be made up of 100 students from both local and regional middle schools. The students will enter the school as freshman in fall 2015.
“We are so excited to welcome the first ever class to the Owensboro Innovation Academy. We are working hard to make the Owensboro Innovation Academy a one-of-a-kind high school that opens the doors of success for our students,” said Beth Benjamin, Owensboro Innovation Academy Head Teacher.
Here is a breakdown of where the eighth-graders are coming from:
Owensboro Middle School: 53
College View Middle School: 11
Daviess County Middle School: 18
Burns Middle School: 15
Heritage Christian School: 1
McLean County: 1
“Combining real world application with new innovative teaching methods, the OIA will provide classes in fields like computer information technology, life sciences bio-medical, industrial engineering, and entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Benjamin.
Each year, OIA will add about 100 eighth-graders. Four years from now, the academy will have around 400 students. Owensboro Innovation Academy will be located in the lower level of the Centre For Business and Research on Allen Street.