3DE by Junior Achievement Magnet

3DE JA Academy

3DE by Junior Achievement is the evolution of the JA Academy and re-engineers high school education and pushes students to discover solutions to real-world challenges, connect the relevancy of education, and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in today’s ever-evolving economy. 3DE’s multifaceted approach to learning uses case methodology to integrate real-world connectivity into the standard high school experience. This universally effective approach to learning is the anchor for interdisciplinary pedagogy, relevant connectivity, and authentic project-based application. Coursework is complemented by career readiness experiences including career-site visits, interacting with business coaches, and consultancy experiences. The result is a high school experience that reflects the dynamic pace of activity and interconnectedness of life beyond the classroom walls.

3DE dedicated teachers set high expectations and foster a strong sense of community among their students. Year-over-year, the curriculum layers in defined competencies to continually build students' skills and mindset as they advance from facilitated learning to self-directed. By the end of their four-year high school career, students graduate with the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in post-secondary and beyond.


Business and Technology – 9th grade

Business & Entrepreneurial Principles – 10th grade

Business Analysis – 11th grade

AP Seminar – 11th grade

AP Research and Consultancies – 12th grade

*Course progression supports Foreign Language, AP Capstone Diploma, AP Scholar and/or Dual Enrollment programs


• Students participate in authentic project-based application that is integrated across all core classes

• Students consistently engage with a variety of industries, professionals, and careers

• Students develop valuable competencies to navigate high growth careers

• Students identify career interests that fit their aptitude, interests, and aspirations

• Students gather information and support to navigate the postsecondary admissions & career planning

• Students have access to portfolio of designated scholarships


3DE empowers young people to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Our high school experience prepares all of our students to be financially literate; grounded in free enterprise, leadership and entrepreneurial principles; and ready for the workforce. JA programs make a connection between lessons learned in the classroom and real-world applications – through interdisciplinary courses that make schools relevant, interactive programming.

• Coaching and networking through JA’s vast network of business supporters

• College credit through a flexible dual enrollment program and/or AP program

• A state-of-the-art facility and learning technology

• Teachers who are professionally trained on case methodology, real-world integration and interdisciplinary pedagogy

• Guidance and support for college and scholarship applications

•On-site 3DE team who facilitate as coaches and advisors for the school leadership, teachers and students

• Completed portfolio at graduation to assist with college applications and scholarships

• Broad “life” preparation skills


Oak Ridge High School, Orange County Public Schools

For more information, contact:

Anni Altz
JA Academy Coordinator
[email protected]

Tonja Christopher
School Director 
[email protected]

Lauren Zahn                                      
Partnership Director                         
[email protected]                                 

Alda Reis
Guidance Counselor
[email protected]                                   

Michele Browne                      
Assistant Principal                              
[email protected]

To apply:


 Students Collaborating in 3DE
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JA website:   https://www.3deschools.org/

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