There will be a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the Health Science Academy at Missoula's Big Sky High School on Tuesday morning.

MCPS Public Affairs Director Leslie Brasfield says about 95 freshmen students applied to be part of the inaugural class – in four years, the academy will serve about 400 students in grades 9-12.

The academy is supported by a hands-on, project-based biomedical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. As students progress through the academy, they will have opportunities to investigate health career pathways through work experiences and internships at Missoula’s hospitals and health care clinics, research laboratories, veterinary facilities, and other locations.

The Health Science Academy at Big Sky High School is part of the District’s 21st Century Initiative, which aims to provide programs that enhance student engagement, provide “authentic” real-world learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom, and expose students to a variety of career pathways.

Public Affairs Director for MCPS Leslie Brasfield