Career academies, after more than four decades of development and three decades of evaluation, have been found by a conclusive random assignment study to be effective in improving outcomes for students during and after high school. Career academies have therefore become the most durable and best-tested component of a high school reform strategy to prepare students for both college and careers.

Stern, David, Charles Dayton, and Marilyn Raby. “Career Academies: A Proven Strategy to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers.” University of California, Berkeley: Career Academy Support Network, 2010. Print.

 

A college and career academy places an emphasis on post-secondary readiness by making a connection between academic learning and its real world application. The three components of a college and career academy are: (1) smaller learning communities, (2) partnerships with employers, community, and post-secondary, and (3) college prep, career-related curriculum.

Springfield High School’s smaller learning communities take the form of five broad academies: Art; Business; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); Humanities; and Liberal Arts. Each academy contains a catalog of elective courses that will allow students to gain knowledge and experience in different career fields. During their junior and senior year, students must complete 3 credits from an academy catalog in order to earn an academy distinction. Each academy also features optional pathways that group the elective courses around specific career paths; students can explore or adapt these pathways to meet their personal goals. Although initially students choose their academy at the end of their sophomore year, students have the option to change academies at the end of each semester.

Springfield High School has established a partnership with Delaware County Community College (DCCC) to offer students college and career opportunities. In 2016, students will have access to 3 concurrent enrollment courses. Students in these classes will earn both Springfield High School elective credit and DCCC credits. In addition, students will have access to two DCCC technology programs – Automotive Technology and Electro-Mechanical Technology. Both programs allow students to earn an associate’s degree in only one year after graduation from Springfield High School. Students also have access to dual-enrollment course work through DCCC. Students in these courses earn DCCC credits while still maintaining enrollment at Springfield High School.

Springfield High School features a comprehensive college and career education and exploration curriculum through Naviance. Students complete 10-15 lessons per grade-level, introducing them to a broad range of topics and resources.

For more information regarding the Springfield High School College & Career Academy, please explore the many links below.

Business & Finance

 

SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS & FINANCE ACADEMY

The Springfield High School Business Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work in business related fields. Featuring four (4) optional pathways, the Business Academy allows students to gain experience in accounting, management, economics, and general business.


STEM

 

Springfield HIGH SCHOOL STEM academy

The Springfield High School STEM Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work in science, technology, engineering, and math related fields. Featuring six (6) optional pathways, the STEM Academy allows students to gain experience in computer science, engineering, biology & life/medical science, applied science, chemical & earth science, and math.

Software Applications Developer

Computer Systems Analyst

Computer Systems Engineer

Network Systems Administrator

Web Developer

Computer Programmer

Computer Science

Computer Engineering

Information Systems

Information Technology

Software Engineering

Environmental Engineer

Structural Engineer

Aerospace Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Architect

Civil Engineering

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Architecture

City and Regional Planning

Doctor

Physician's Assistant

Nurse

Research Biologist

Microbiologist

Marine Biologist

Pre-Medicine

General Biology

Marine Biology

Biochemistry

Nursing

Physician Assistant


Humanities

SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL HUMANITIES ACADEMY

The Springfield High School Humanities Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work exploring the meaning and purpose of the human experience. Featuring six (6) optional pathways, the Humanities Academy allows students to gain experience in English, world language, law, history, psychology, and education.

Teacher

Foreign Civil Service

Interpreter/Translator

International Consultant

CIA/FBI Agent

Peace Corps Worker

French Language and Literature

German Language and Literature

Arabic Language and Literature

Linguistics

Chinese Language and Literature

Italian Language and Literature

 

Arts

 

Springfield High School arts academy

The Springfield High School Arts Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work in the fine, performing, and culinary arts. Featuring seven (7) optional pathways, the Arts Academy allows students to gain experience in 2-D art, 3-D art, photography, general art, broadcast/mass media/theater, instrumental/vocal performance, and culinary arts.


Props Designer

Art Therapy

Art Director

Art Teacher

Industrial Designer

Logo/Branding Designer

Technical Theatre/Theatre Design

Art Therapy

Commercial and Advertising Art

Art Education

Industrial Design

Design

Film and Video Editor

Journalist

Studio and Floor Manager

Camera Operator

Actor

Stage Manager

Film Production

Broadcast Journalism

TV Production

Technical Theatre

Communications

Chef

Food Preparation Worker

Dietitian and Nutritionist

Hospitality, Lodging, and Tourism

Restaurant Manager

Baker

Culinary Arts Chef

Food Preparation

Nutrition Sciences

Hospitality Management

Restaurant & Culinary Management

Baking & Pastry Arts

Solo Performer

Composer

Music Therapy

Songwriter

Electronic Production and Design

Music Teacher

Vocal Performance

Music Theory and Composition

Music Theraphy

Music Production & Engineering

Music Education

 

Liberal Arts

 

Springfield HIGH SCHOOL liberal arts academy

The Springfield High School Liberal Arts Academy offers opportunities for students to explore fields from two of the other academies. The Liberal Arts Academy allows students to sample coursework from multiple disciplines to help define their career preferences. 

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