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High school adds flying to curriculum


Imagine squeezing in a flight lesson in between high school English and biology courses: That’s the reality at the Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy, a charter high school in Albuquerque, N.M. The new high school’s first cohort of students started classes earlier this month. Students get a curriculum geared toward science, math and engineering, and also have the opportunity to take ground and flight training classes so they graduate with a private pilot’s certificate. Much of the coursework for all classes is online, with teachers providing one-on-one instruction for students who need it. The school is leasing a Skyhawk and a Diamond DA20 for flight training, which costs an extra $4,600 if a student doesn’t get a scholarship for the flight program. And regardless, students can also take classes at a local community college that earn college credit.