Secondary Career Academies
Career academies combine a college-preparatory curriculum with a career-themed focus. Academic courses that meet high school graduation and college entrance requirements are linked with technical courses that focus on the academy’s theme and are aligned directly to priority workforce needs of the community. Career academies combine conceptual learning with relevant practical experience thus preparing students for both college and careers. Students enrolled in career academies follow a sequential program of study that leads to industry certification and opportunities to earn postsecondary credit and scholarships. Students choose career academies from 16 career clusters listed below, thus allowing them to make the successful transition between high school, college, and careers.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business Management & Administration
Education and Training
Government & Public Administration
Hospitality & Tourism
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Several themes offered in these career clusters are also designated as member programs of the National Academy Foundation, an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts with rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise. M-DCPS offers 49 programs in the four career themes of Engineering, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, and Information Technology at 24 high schools.
National Academy Foundation (NAF)
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts-schools within schools-with rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise.