Mead Energy Academy

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The Mead Energy Academy is an immersive experience for students interested in pursuing a career in the energy industry with a curriculum designed to comprehensively study the principles of energy and develop future leaders and innovators. The program is the only one of its kind in Colorado and exposes students to energy generated from both conventional and renewable sources.  Through strategic partnerships with leaders of industry, students are given unique, hands-on experiences that cannot be matched in the classroom environment.  One such partnership is with United Power.  Check out how MHS Energy Academy students are contributing to the diversified energy map of the future.

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Mission and Vision

The Mead Energy Academy is a unique program that allows high school students to focus on energy-related topics while obtaining their high school diploma. The Mead Energy Academy is open to all students whether they see their postsecondary plans as going to a trade school, obtaining a two or four-year college degree, or immediately joining the workforce.

The Mead Energy Academy is appropriate for students whose career interests are in the production of energy, such as engineering or welding, as well as for those students whose interest lie in a field tangential to energy, such as law, policy or marketing.


The purpose of the Mead Energy Academy (MEA) is to provide students with a "leg up" in regards to obtaining a job in the energy industry. As such, students will be educated in the knowledge necessary to obtain the Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate which is an industry certificate created by the Center for Energy Workforce Development. This certificate ensures that potential workers have an understanding of the energy industry as a prerequisite to occupation-specific training. Students will take the exam for this certificate as part of their MEA classes. Also, students who graduate from the MEA will be trained in the highly sought-after field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In addition, students will have the opportunity to earn college credit, be trained in design thinking, and obtain real-world experiences through job shadowing with our industry and educational partners.

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Energy Academy Coursework

Core Courses

  • Principles of Energy Science A & B (1 credit)
  • Energy Industry Practices A & B (1 credit)
  • GIS (.5 credits)
  • Internship & Capstone Project (.5 credits)
  • AP Environmental Science (1 credit)

Each student must complete core courses with a grade of a C or better


Students must successfully complete a minimum of 6 credits, including Biology and Chemistry. The 4 Energy Academy courses count towards the 6 credits and students are required to have a C average in all semesters of the Energy Academy core courses to earn the Energy Academy certification.

Energy Academy Electives

Students will select 2 courses from the list below to complete as part of the Energy Academy Electives. These courses may be used as core or elective credits for graduation. If using these courses for core classes, please ensure you have enough elective credits for graduation (8 total electives credits are needed for graduation). World Language and Energy Academy Core courses will count towards the St. Vrain Valley School District graduation requirements.

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP Biology

AP Economics

AP Language and Composition


AP Computer Science

Welding *

Engineering Tech*


Introduction to Business

Business Law


AP Seminar

Introduction to Programming


AP Calculus

AP U.S. Government

Start Your Own Business

AP Statistics

AP Research

This List is subject to change * CDC Class **FRCC Class



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