Middle School Choice Programs Offer Career Path Previews

Jade Muniz

As she was finishing sixth grade, Jade Muniz knew she wanted to take a specific path in middle school.
“I was really interested in technology,” Jade said.

Jade applied for and was accepted into the Business & Technology Program at Reed Middle School.
With one semester of seventh grade complete, Jade says her favorite so far has been learning how to program a mini computer called a micro:bit.  In the educational exercise, students write computer code to control a series of lights on the device.

“In my case, I made a little stick man dance,” Jade said. “He was really cute and I loved it.”

Duncanville ISD offers choice programs at all three middle schools. In addition to the Business &
Technology Program at Reed Middle School, the district offers a Health Science Program at Byrd Middle School and The STEAM Academy at Kennemer Middle School. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. 

In each of those programs, students can begin earning high school credits and explore different career
paths. Jade knew she had an interest in technology, and her experiences so far have confirmed her choice.

“Literally the only thing I knew before coming was there was a computer and you could do stuff on it. But now I have learned exactly what each piece of technology does and how it works and it’s really cool,” Jade said.

The application window for all middle school choice programs is currently open and closes Jan. 31, 2021.

Click here for more in-depth information including video recordings of recent parent informational meetings, frequently asked questions and the middle school choice application.