The Communications Academy encompasses Journalism, Law, and Education. Since communication is a crucial component to success not only in education, but in life, this academy articulates and develops real-world skills that are fundamental and valuable to all students. Incorporating cross-curricular courses (from English, Social Studies, and the Arts), educational field trips, guest speakers, mentorships, internships, and project-based learning, this academy carves out a space for students to consider the many paths that they might take both in higher education and in future careers in a multitude of communication-related fields.
M.A. American Studies; M.A. Applied Linguistics
B.A. Education Academy Coordinator
The Entrepreneurship Academy prepares students for a career in business. The program is anchored by two foundational courses, Financial Literacy and Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Financial Literacy prepares students for the financial realities that await them in adulthood: student loans, lines of credit, taxes, investing, and so forth. Introduction to Entrepreneurship introduces the theory of entrepreneurship and its practical implementation. Centered around a mixture of theoretical exploration as well as case studies and guest lectures, students will develop an understanding of successes, opportunities, and risks of entrepreneurship. In addition to classroom courses, students will gain hands-on experience through internships in our local business community.
B.S. Biological Sciences; B.A. French Academy Coordinator
The Pre-Health Career Academy is designed for students interested in medical and allied healthcare careers. Students learn how health professionals engage in different but interconnected roles in caring for people at all stages of life. Opportunities for summer experiential service learning, both in the U.S and abroad provide global perspectives and connect to academic themes and social issues. Students learn about the educational requirements and work environments of doctors, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, and others, via field trips, guest speakers, and shadowing of local professionals. They will be able to make well-informed decisions about what facet of health care they would like to pursue, and which universities and majors will best serve their interests.
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
B.S. Biochemistry Academy Coordinator
The STEM Academy will provide the mind-set and the network that empowers young women to make the STEM connections they need to explore and succeed, through mentors and role models such as La Reina Distinguished Alumna Award 2020 recipient, Amy Wolf Rasmussen (’88), Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Atara Biotherapeutics. Education in an all-girls’ environment uniquely benefits our students in the area of STEM, where research shows that girls gain more self-confidence, understanding of science concepts, and ability to explain research results compared with coed schools.
B.A. Speech Communication Academy Coordinator
The Visual and Performing Arts Academy recognizes each student as an artist, and focuses on the development of creative talents in the individual. The VPA Academy takes imaginative critical thinkers and expands their abilities to evaluate, organize and produce innovative solutions in our complex world. Students choose to specialize in one of these disciplines: Dance, Vocal Arts, Theatre, Fine Arts, or Media Arts.
M.A. Education in Mathematics Science and Technology
B.S. Electrical Engineering Director of Student Programs
Director of Student Programs, Lisa Pino, has been an integral part of La Reina’s faculty and staff since 2008. Mrs. Pino has initiated classes in Graphic Design, Web Design, and Video Production, and developed the school’s new student information and learning management system. She holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology from the University of California, Berkeley. Please email Mrs. Pino at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit questions, ideas and comments.