Defined Mission and Goals

Defined Mission and Goals

The career academy has a written definition of its mission, goals, and benchmarks. These are developed by and available to the administrators, teachers, students, parents, advisory board, and others involved in the academy. These include the following elements and more:

Criteria

  1. College and career connections
    A career academy’s aim is to prepare all students for post secondary education and careers. Academies enable students to complete post secondary entrance academic requirements while exposing them to a vertical segment of the occupations within a career field, encouraging them to aim as high as they wish.
     
  2. Student aspirations 
    An academy seeks to raise, maintain, and increase the level of students’ motivation while in high school by giving a focus to the program of studies that reflects their own talents, aspirations and interests. Continued personal awareness and exploration, along with curriculum and experiential components and extracurricular choices also help to provide guidance. The biggest limiting factor in many youths’ future plans is not ability, but how they perceive their future.
     
  3. Student achievement
    So as not to become either a bastion of top performers or a dumping ground for unsuccessful students, an academy provides support to all of its students to maintain and increase their achievement in high school. This support comes through close relationships with teachers and fellow students, rigorous and relevant curriculum, and experience with career and education options outside the high school, including a strong focus on personalization with a collaborative environment for all stakeholders.
     
  4. Commitment to equity 
    Each school ensures that the career academy reflects the demographic mix of the school as a whole, including students with disabilities and English language learners. 
     
  5. Stakeholder involvement
    Stakeholders involved in the career academy have developed the mission and goals. Additionally, there are clear benchmarks for assessing how the mission and goals are met.