Jon Reinhard brings engineering academy to high school

The director of the Academy of Engineering has chosen Burton High School in San Francisco as one of 13 pilot schools for a program starting this fall.

How many students will be in the Burton academy, and how will they be chosen?

Typically, the cohort is about 100 for each grade level, and we start in the ninth-grade. It’ll be a true small learning community, a school within a school.

How does the school within a school work?

They’ll be in similar classes throughout the day; we’re asking teachers to really connect the learning for students all day long.

Why was Burton High School chosen?

We’re looking for high schools that have higher percentages of underrepresented minorities. The other goal is to get more females involved with engineering as well; 80 percent of the engineering work force are white males.

What’s the inspiration behind the Academy of Engineering schools?

We don’t have enough kids, period, who have the proper math and science background in order to qualify to get into engineering schools in the U.S.

How does that problem affect the future of the country and its economy?

It's a competitive work force issue. National defense companies can’t hire foreign nationals after 9/11, and … they can’t find enough qualified U.S. citizens to do the contract work.

businessLocalScience & TechnologyScience and Technology

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Video surfaces amid George Floyd death fallout showing SF police kneeling on man’s neck

Teen says he struggled to breathe during arrest: ‘I felt like I was going to die’

Mayor Breed declares curfew after anti-police brutality march ends in looting, vandalism

Mayor London Breed announced a curfew Saturday night and asked the National… Continue reading

‘Extremely disturbing’: SF police chief condemns death of George Floyd

Bill Scott joins SFPOA, top cops nationwide in deeming incident a failure of policing

Haight Street group drops ties with prominent pro-Trump attorney

Amoeba, other merchants filed lawsuit seeking to block ‘Safe Sleeping’ site on Stanyan

CCSF board votes to close Fort Mason campus

College dropping lease on waterfront site to help close projected deficit

Most Read