Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that select 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 subjects working together as a team.
- A small learning community
- A college-prep curriculum with a career theme
NCAC is the accreditation body for career academies. In order for an academy to reach model status, the Academy must meet or exceed in all 10 areas of the National Standards of Practice.Career academies are one of the very few educational models that have developed National Standards of Practice to encourage continuous improvement. These National Standards of Practice have been adopted by many existing career academies and have led to improvements across the field.
- Partnerships with employers, the community, and higher education
NCAC Model Career AcademyRobert E. Lee High SchoolEngineering AcademyFrank H. Peterson Academies of Technology
- Automotive Academy
- Aviation Academy
- Communication Academy
- Cosmetology Academy
- Culinary Arts Academy
- Early Childhood Academy
NCAC Certified Career AcademyAndrew Jackson High SchoolHealth Sciences AcademySandalwood High SchoolInformation Technology AcademyMandarin High SchoolCenter for Medical Studies Academy