Career Academies are small, personalized learning communities composed of a subset of students and teachers for a two-, three-, or four-year span. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support. A career academy involves teachers from different subject areas working together as a team. Instructional teams, who often share common planning time, work together implementing the key features of the model while providing students with exposure to the career field. Students are teamed together several periods every day with a core group of teachers. The grouping promotes a family-like atmosphere and results in close student-teacher relationships. A career academy includes the following essential elements:
- A small learning community
- A college-prep curriculum with a career theme
- Partnerships with employers, the community and higher education
By design, these three central elements of a career academy lead to a program that is rigorous, relevant and relational.
The following tech centers and high schools have career academies. Click here for a complete listing of High Schools and the academies at each facility.