Career Academies

Career Academies

The academy is a smaller learning community that focuses on a career theme and is integrated into students’ studies including their core curriculum courses. Each year the same group (cohort) of academy students takes a Career and Technical Education course aligned with the career theme, as well as one or more core classes together. This school-within-a-school model may be either a three- or four-year academy.

Each academy student participates in several work-based learning activities such as job shadowing, career fairs, career themed industry tours and an internship. Academy students are prepared to participate in these experiences through their cohort academy courses. Each academy student is required to do an internship between the junior and senior year that relates to the academy theme. The internship will be for 135 hours.

Career Academies



Apex High School

Academy of Information Technology

Apex Friendship High School Academy of Engineering 

Athens Drive High School

Health Science Academy

Broughton High School

Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Marketing

Cary High School

Culinary Arts

Enloe High School

Medical Bioscience

Enloe High School

Design and Merchandising Technology Career Academy

Garner High School

Fire and Safety 2014 -2015

Heritage High School

Game Art Design

Knightdale High School

Academy of Environmental Studies

Middle Creek High School

Academy of Sustainable Energy Engineering

Middle Creek High School

Digital Media

Millbrook High Digital Media Career Academy

Sanderson High School

Academy of Finance

Southeast Raleigh High School

Academy of Biomedical Science

Southeast Raleigh High School Academy of Information Technology & Cybersecurity
Southeast Raleigh High School    NAF Academy of Engineering

Wake Forest High School

Construction Technology Career Academy


    • The National Career Academy Coalition creates and supports a national network of existing and emerging high school career academies. They engage administrators, teachers, students, businesses, government officials, community partners and families in an ongoing dialogue, and provide services to help meet the needs of academies.
    • Career Academy Support Network (CASN) offers comprehensive support and staff development for Small Learning Communities and Career Academies, at which students can fulfill requirements for college entrance while learning to relate their academics to the world outside high school.
    • National Academy Foundation (NAF) Supports a national network of career academies that are based in public high schools and serve youth ages 14-18.
    • National Centers for Career and Technical Education
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