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What are Career Academies?

College and career academies are schools within a school aligned to a specific career theme. They are college and career preparatory small learning communities in which a select group of students focus their core class experience around a common career interest. Students share many of the same teachers, allowing educators to collaborate with each other in the coordination of lesson planning and classroom activities that align to the academy theme.

Academy of Business and Finance (Clarksville High School)
STEM Academy (Kenwood High School)
Academy of Plant and Animal Systems (Montgomery Central High School)
Computer and Information Technology Academy (Northeast High School)
Academy of Health Science (Northwest High School)
Academy of Media Arts and Technology (Rossview High School)
Academy of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security (West Creek High School)

Frequently Asked Questions about CMCSS College and Career Academies


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Academies allow for work and problem-based learning opportunities, which improve student achievement by integrating subject standards and applying a hands-on element to supplement their coursework. Schools partner with local employers to help develop curricula, provide guest speakers, and create real-world, relevant experiences for students. Many college and career academies also provide certifications and dual enrollment options to upperclassmen

Incoming high school freshmen and rising sophomores will have the opportunity to apply to seven different college and career academies across the district. These academies have been created to align with student interests as well as the local and national job market. Our ultimate goal is to provide our students with various options for becoming college and career ready prior to graduating from high school.


How to Apply

Eighth graders may apply by completing an application which is available here.

The Seven Career Academies Are:


Academy of Business and Finance (Clarksville High School)


Plan of Study | Website

The Academy of Business and Finance will provide students a small learning community based on common interest to graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education and careers in the business and finance fields.

Students in the academy will have a choice of two possible pathways: Banking and Finance or Business Management. This academy will give students the opportunity to prepare for one of the fastest growing job fields in Tennessee. Courses will prepare students for both post-secondary education and employment after high school.

For more information, contact Serena Kerr or Shannon Cummings at (931) 648-5690 or send an e-mail to or .


STEM Academy (Kenwood High School)


Plan of Study | Website

The STEM Academy at Kenwood High School will cultivate mature and creative thinkers who apply critical thinking skills mastered through engaging and enriching cross-curricular integration.

Students in the academy will experience an integrated approach to twenty-first century skills through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics integration across all core classes. A STEM Academy education will increase student engagement by transforming the traditional classroom through an emphasis on problem-based learning. Student learning will be focused on inquiry, problem solving and real-world applications of learning. STEM instruction will lay the foundation for success by preparing students to be college and career ready.

As technology integration is one of the foundations of this academy, all students admitted to the Academy will be issued a lap-top computer for use both inside and outside of school.

For more information, contact Keith Parker at (931) 905-7900 or send an e-mail to .


Academy of Plant and Animal Systems (Montgomery Central High School)


Plan of Study | Website

The Academy of Plant and Animal Systems will prepare students for post-secondary opportunities in the 21st century world of agriculture.

The world of agriculture is quickly becoming one of the nation’s fastest growing and profitable fields. With an increasing global demand for food and decreasing land availability, there is renewed interest in this industry. Students in this academy will be better prepared to make decisions that have a far-reaching impact on our world. Academy students will have hands-on opportunities with plants and animals and experience the management side of agriculture. The two pathways students can choose between are: Horticulture Production or Veterinary and Animal Science.

For more information, contact Bethany Erb at (931) 387-3201 or send an e-mail to .


Academy of Computer and Information Technology (Northeast High School)


Plan of Study | Website

The Academy of Computer and Information Technology will utilize a rigorous and integrated curriculum to engage students in a variety of learning experiences that will prepare them to enter one of many robust, twenty-first century, technological careers.

Students in the academy will take part in hands-on learning activities that embed programming basics, gaming technology, and computer applications. In addition to cross-curricular classroom problem solving, students will be exposed to careers and professionals in the various technology based fields, preparing them for a wide range of post-secondary opportunities.

For more information, contact Bing Thepsiri at (931) 648-5640 or send an e-mail to .


Academy of Health Science (Northwest High School)


Plan of Study | Website

The Health Science Academy is committed to providing students with coursework and experiences in the fields of medicine and wellness services, as well as health and medical administration. Students in the academy will build a foundation for a future in varied medical professions.

The Academy will use a team teaching model integrating the study of health science with core education classes (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) throughout their high school careers, making them college and career ready. Students will have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, as well as the opportunity to academically prepare for post-secondary education in the health field.

Teachers in the Academy will be using embedded technology for their instruction. To aid in this endeavor, all students in the Health Science Academy will be issued a laptop computer to use in completing classwork and homework.

For more information, contact Jessica Peppard or Constance Brown at (931) 648-5675 or send an e-mail to or .


Academy of Media Arts and Technology (Rossview High School)


Plan of Study | Website

The Media Arts and Technology Academy will support and motivate students in their quest for post-secondary opportunities by focusing their learning on media arts and technology, empowering them to achieve their highest expectations and goals.

Students in the academy will have the choice of two possible course pathways: Web Design and Digital Imaging. Each pathway will allow the student to have hands-on experience with the professional tools and software used in the field. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from professionals currently in the field, have access to performance and project-based learning, and participate in leadership development programs.

For more information, contact Schanda Doughty at (931) 553-2070 or send an e-mail to .


Academy of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security (West Creek High School)


Plan of Study | Website

The Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Academy will support and prepare students for post-secondary endeavors in the fields of law enforcement and legal and correction services by providing focused and rigorous academic and real-world experiences.

Students in the academy will have a choice of two possible pathways: Law enforcement services or legal and correction services. Students will have the opportunity to learn from simulated experiences and crime scene exposure while preparing for post-secondary career opportunities in law enforcement or legal and correction services at the local, state, or federal levels.

For more information, contact Chiquita Jackson at (931) 503- 1788 or send an e-mail to .