A Career Academy is an educational structure for students to complete courses as a cohort and move through a Career & Technical Education program of study as a group. Based on a Career & Technical Education curriculum model, the career academies are built on a pathway theme that leads to post-secondary education or a workforce opportunity. Academies are designed as smaller learning communities that help students build quality relationship with teachers and other students, while learning professional skills in a career-themed program of study.
Cabarrus County Schools partners with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to provide services for most of the Career Academies in the district. One academy is independent, but still uses the same structure and assessment process. All academies follow the same model with a specific career theme. The four tenets of these academies are listed below.
Career Academy Structure:
The Career Academies of Cabarrus County Schools are part of a larger Program Choice process. Students in the eighth grade can apply for entrance into the academy that aligns with their career interest. For information concerning the Program Choice options offered in Cabarrus County Schools, please use the following link to learn more. (Program Choice)