Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that select a subset of students and teachers. 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.
Staff teams, who often share common planning time, work together to implement the key features of the academy and provide students with training in the career field. Students may be grouped together for several periods every day with a core group of teachers. This promotes a family-like atmosphere and results in close student-teacher ties.
A career academy includes the following essential elements:
By design, these three central elements of a career academy lead to a school that is rigorous and relevant.
For more information, admission requirements, a current list of career academies or to apply online, please visit the official career academy website at www.PolkAcademies.com.