Del Lago Academy in Escondido, California, is a high school with around 800 students. Their focus is on 'Applied Sciences' which they understand as meaning developing the knowledge and skills future employers are looking for, but also developing relevance and interest for students in their everyday lives, here and now.
Competency X is Del Lago Academy's badging platform, made possible through grants supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Badges are available in line with the Next Generation Science Standards, with defined pathways that lead towards digital portfolios.
Badges are available for all kinds of knowledge and skills, with one highlighted every quarter in a 'badge showcase' — along with an example portfolio of student work.