MANCHESTER — Applications for Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies, a new charter school, are now open for New Hampshire high school students entering ninth grade in September.
Located on the campus of Manchester Community College, students in the tuition-free, four-year program can earn a certificate or associate degree in advanced manufacturing technology, computer science, cybersecurity, electrical technology, HVAC, welding and other fields.
Spark students will be educated in both the sciences and humanities, with curriculum personalized to the student’s needs and interests, according to a news release. Each student will progress at their own pace, graduating with innovative problem-solving and technical skills needed to enter the workforce or continue their studies in higher education.
“Our knowledge of the world around us has always been changing, but even more so today,” said Spark Academy Executive Director Denis Mailloux, former 20-year principal of Trinity High School in Manchester. “That is especially true for the young men and women who will graduating from our schools now and in the future.”
The leadership team also includes Dan Larochelle, chair of Manchester Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Department and Vex Robotics educator, and Sarah Shakour Carter, a technical school advocate and home school educator.
Patty Humphrey, an educator and the founder of Spark Academy, also started Academy of Science and Design in Nashua and Founders Academy in Manchester.
Spark Academy was awarded its charter by the state Department of Education on April 11. Its mission is to empower students with opportunities to master technical skills, both practical and theoretical, in the context of a high school and early college program that emphasizes the dignity and value of work, the school said.