Career Academies

  • 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.


    Career academies include 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 school that is rigorous, relevant, and relational. As such, career academies are an excellent example of a reform model for Florida's policymakers and practitioners to consider in high school reform.


    National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC): 
    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.


    National Standards of Practice (NSOP):
    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.
  • NCAC Model Career Academy


    Robert E. Lee High School
    Engineering Academy
    Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology
    • Automotive Academy
    • Aviation Academy
    • Communication Academy
    • Cosmetology Academy
    • Culinary Arts Academy
    • Early Childhood Academy
  •        NCAC Certified Career Academy  


                Andrew Jackson High School
                Health Sciences Academy
                Sandalwood High School
                Information Technology Academy
                Mandarin High School
                Center for Medical Studies Academy