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About 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.

Staff teams, who often share common planning time, work together to implement the key features of the model and provide students with exposure to the career field. Students are 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:

  • 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.

Middle School IT Career Academy Technical Assistance

Workforce Florida announces 10 More Florida Middle Schools to receive Technical Assistance to establish a new CAPE Information Technology Career Academy!!

For further details including a Request to Participate Form, click here: Request to Participate form (PDF, 609KB)