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​​​​​​What is a College and Career Academy?High School Academies students

The mission of Rockford Public Schools is to collaboratively engage all students in a world-class education.  Academies are small learning communities that provide real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace. Regular coursework, including Core Curriculum, Global Electives, and College and Career Pathways, is presented within the context of the academy's focus. Academies were created to provide small learning communities within each high school to help ensure that graduating students are better prepared for college and the workforce. 

Academies feature:
  • Small learning communities
  • College and career prep curriculum for all
  • Integration with business/civic/postsecondary/cultural communities

Students chart their unique pathway during eighth and ninth grade, exploring career choices. They select one of the following academies to enter during their sophomore year:

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Academies are small learning communities that provide real-world experiences with local businesses and professionals, linking schoolwork and the workplace. Regular coursework, including Core Curriculum, Global Electives, and College and Career Pathways, is presented within the context of the academy’s focus. To view all classes available, see the High School Planni​ng Guide. Click here to view a sample four year course sequence. ​

Jefferson, East, Auburn and Guilford will use the academy model, but Auburn’s Creative and Performing Arts program, Gifted Academy and ROTC programs remain intact. The academy model was introduced at Jefferson High School in the 2012-2013 school year and the program expanded to the other schools in 2013-2014 school year​.​

Click here to learn how to choose an academy and pathway​.

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