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Venture Academics

Venture Academics is an exciting, new learning experience available to Linn-Mar High School students. It targets those that want to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create with foundational learning.

Venture was built to support and extend the incredible base provided by traditional high school coursework. Though some traditional teaching and learning methods will be utilized at Venture, a Venture experience will primarily focus on extending learning to real-world applications, problems, and solutions.

How Venture works

Students select one (of ten) content-focused “strands” in which to spend one-half day of either the fall or spring semester participating in strand learning and project work. Each strand will have one or more mentor teachers, community advisors, mentors, or partners supporting students through credit-bearing coursework and projects of student choice.

Though super-block sections of Venture Academics will meet course standards for several LMHS courses, additional stand-alone sections of courses will be taught in a traditional fashion and available to students choosing traditional learning or unable to access Venture for scheduling reasons.

Offered strand learning will include; Digital Design and Communication, Life Science, Business Foundations, Advanced Business, Behavioral Science, Writing, Health, Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Government and Law. As stated earlier, strand-learning will use pre-defined coursework to support project-based learning.

For example, the Digital Design and Communications strand will consist of content standards associated with Digital Photography, Graphics One, and Graphics Two (for which students earn 15 credits as learning is demonstrated), each in support of high-interest, student-designed project work (an additional 5 credits).

For Additional Information

Students and parents; please consult the official 2021-2022 Linn-Mar High School Program of Studies or see your School Counselor for details of courses and credits.

If you are a business partner who is interested in partnering with Venture please fill out this form. For further questions please reach out to Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, Elyssa McDowell. elyssa.mcdowell@linnmar.k12.ia.us or at 319-447-3124.