Academy overviewCurrently, there are 340 funded programs in California. The Academy originates with The Philadelphia Academics in the late 1960's coming to California in the early 1980's. Academy's motto is: “Creating close family like environment.”
The Academy model is a three-year program, grades 10-12, structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies integrate academic and career technical academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships to aid in student preparation for college. In order to qualify for admission to a California state University or a University of California, students must complete (A-G requirements.)
Academy prepares students for the future, including many jobs like, integrating academic, career technical education and establishing viable business partnerships. Academy places a significant outcome of student achievements and has a positive impact on school performances. The main model of Academy is having a high curriculum focused on a career theme and coordinated with related academic classes. Academy has a voluntary student selection process that identifies interested ninth graders. They have a team of teachers that work together to plan and implement the program.
Academy has many motivational activities which include integrated and project-based curriculum, mentor programs, classroom speakers, field trips, and exploration of post secondary and career options. There are many workplace learning opportunities such as job shadowing, student internships and work experience. The career technical focuses for Academy is determined by analysis of labor markets, with an eye toward fields that are growing each day offering specific jobs that are willing to support the program.
Career technical education is a big focus on industries rather than a particular job in the area; for example business technology, health, electronics, media, agribusiness, building trades and more. The integration of standards are based on academics and career-technical curriculum is the way to go. Students work with mentors from the community who are experts in their field and provide real-world opportunities and training.