Academy Students

Students enrolled in the Academy will be able to:

  • study in SKC’s culturally congruent and supportive learning environment,
  • earn credits applicable to both high school degrees and college degrees in STEM,
  • gain valuable and authentic research experiences,
  • work with outstanding STEM professionals and SKC faculty,
  • develop an understanding of STEM professions, and
  • build college and career readiness skills.


Students should apply for admission to the Academy in the spring of their sophomore or junior year of high school. Students apply in the spring for admission in the following fall quarter. Admission is competitive.

Admission criteria for the Academy include:

  • A high school cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0
  • At least junior standing by fall of the admission year
  • Successful completion of or enrollment in Algebra II in junior year All are encouraged to apply;
  • Native American or 1st/2nd Generation Descendant preference

Potential Careers in STEM

Employment can be found in diverse settings such as hospitals, colleges and universities, public health agencies, private and public companies, local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Specific careers include the following, along with many others:

EngineerBiomedical Researcher
Physical TherapistGeneticist
EpidemiologistFood Scientist
Forensic ScientistGenetic Counselor
VeterinarianEnvironmental Scientist
PharmacistPublic Health Administrator
Rehabilitation MedicineToxicologist