Gahr High School administrators are looking for about 90 sophomores at the school to participate in a three-year advanced science program.
Called the Gahr Academy of Mathematical Applications, the program emphasizes tackling environmental problems such as waste disposal and water conservation, said Mark Diaz, academy director and an assistant principal. Students use a range of disciplines, including math, English, biology and chemistry, to come up with solutions.
"It's almost like the stuff you do at graduate school," Diaz said.
School officials said they also hope to enlist executives and scientists at local companies, such as Rockwell International and Willamette Industries, to act as mentors for students. The school has also asked officials at UC Irvine to serve as mentors.
Student selection will be based on grades and recommendations from teachers. Eventually the academy will be open to sophomores, juniors and seniors at Gahr and other high schools in the ABC Unified School District, Diaz said.
The academy began with the help of a $150,000 grant from the state Department of Education. State money has also been promised for the next two years, but the district will have to raise funds to ensure the program continues after funding runs out in 1996, Diaz said.
Gahr High School will have a reception at 7 tonight in the school's multipurpose room to discuss the program with students, parents and business leaders. Information: (310) 926-5566, Ext. 5224.