The Academies at Lancaster High School
What is a Career Academy?
Career academies are designed to prepare students for both college and careers by providing them with the skills and experience necessary to attain entry level jobs. They are "schools within schools" in which students take both career-themed and academic classes together. These courses are linked to academic and industry standards and encourage high achievement*.
Career academies at LHS:
- Small learning communities to foster positive relationships
- College-prep sequential curriculum with a career theme and core subject integration
- Project-based-learning which focuses on real-world problem solving
- Work-based-learning sequence which focuses on discovery, preparation and practice of career skills
- Advisory boards to establish partnerships with employers, higher education institutions, and the community
*Source: NCAC: National Standards of Practice for Career Academies (2004, 2013)
Application is open to all freshmen each January with acceptance during the second semester. Courses generally begin in the sophomore year. Refer to the Course Description Guide for specific scheduling requirements.
Freshmen must complete the online Academy Application to be considered.
All three parts of the application for students of the class of 2022 are DUE by Feb 8, 2019 at 2:15pm.
Assistant Principal Terry Adamec oversees the academies, works with academy directors and ensures each academy maintains common vision and has aligned their admission criteria and selection processes.
Academy Program Descriptions
NAF solves some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business, and community leaders together to transform the high school experience. The LHSAOF has taken the rigor and relevance of the NAF design to ensure our students are future ready. NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who, since 1982, have worked together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. Lancaster’s AOF has earned NAF’s highest level of recognition each year since 2011, joining only 3 other academies nationwide to have earned this distinction as often.
The mission of the Lancaster Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts is to provide our students with a solid foundation in the arts through a sequence of academic courses, career exploration opportunities and inspiring interactions with fellow students, faculty and professional artists.
The Lancaster Health Care Academy is designed for students who are interested in exploring health-related careers. During the three-year curriculum, classes will visit health care facilities, host various health professionals, and discuss current trends in health care. It is the perfect opportunity to get a head start in the competitive and rewarding health care field.
The Lancaster Leadership Academy is an exciting Academy at Lancaster High School designed to provide students with coursework and other educational experiences that will enhance their leadership skills. These experiences will enable them to become highly successful in college, in their chosen career and in future community involvement. The focus of the Leadership Academy will be to develop individual student leaders in the areas of responsible citizenship, communication, goal setting, group processes, as well as business, organizational and managerial skills. Students in this Academy will be required to take an active role both in the high school and the greater Lancaster community.
The Lancaster Manufacturing & Construction Skilled Trades Academy is designed to offer practical experiences with a focus on acquiring both the soft skills as well as technical skills for entry-level employment in the manufacturing and construction fields.
Project Lead The Way is a national initiative to prepare high school students for a future in the exciting and ever-changing world of Technology and Engineering Technologies. Project Lead The Way is currently being offered in over 5000 schools in all 50 states across the USA. When you take a PLTW class you will not only be working with hundreds of Lancaster classmates, you will be working with tens of thousands of classmates across the United States. So sign up today for your first class in Project Lead The Way, and take a step in the right direction for your future!