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 focuses 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. 

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 students’ experiences. Many college and career academies also provide certifications and dual enrollment options to upper-level students.

Incoming high school freshmen and rising sophomores will have the opportunity to apply to eight 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.