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Career Academies

    

Career Academies

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Career Academies are small learning communities established at the high school level that use career strands as an organizing framework

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First established 35 years ago and geared toward restructuring large high schools

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Approximately 2,500 high schools in the U.S.



Career Academy Common Practices

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Preparing students for post-secondary education, high wage, high demand, and high skilled careers

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Delivering academic instruction in the context of a broad occupational or career strand;

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Recruiting and enrollment of students based on their interest in a career theme

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Establishing a multi-grade program/pathway for students

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Developing a small learning community to keep groups of students together over several years

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Involving business and industry partnerships to support career academies.



Typical schedule for an engineering career academy
 

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Exploring Careers

Engineering 1-2

Engineering 3-4

Engineering 5-6

English 1-2

English 3-4

English 5-6

English 7-8

US History

Geography

World History

American Gov’t

Algebra 1-2

Geometry 1-2

Algebra 3-4