The Academies of Lancaster High School
Lancaster High School is pleased to provide such a variety of opportunities for its students. No opportunity is as great as membership within one of our eight career academies.
Students enrolled in an Academy at LHS:
- Develop a better understanding of college and career opportunities
- Graduate high school knowing if they will continue the academy's career path or investigate another plan.
- Build strong, positive relationships with peers and teachers in a manner similar to athletics or music.
- Participate in work-based experiences to develop a realistic view of potential careers
- Build Leadership & Interpersonal Skills
- Have the opportunity to earn college credits and industry certifications while enrolled in high-school
- Connect with the community in a meaningful and productive manner
Families are strongly encouraged to learn about the different options available at Academy Information Night.
Academy Application - Class of 2026
Class of 2026 - How to Apply
Academy Application (AOF, AOHT, AVPA, HCA, LLA, LTA)
Class of 2026 Academy Application
Project Lead the Way Application (students continuing with or applying to PLTW)
Class of 2026 PLTW Application
Monday January 23, 2023
- Freshman Academy Assembly
Thursday January 26, 2023 - 6:30pm
- Academy Information Night for Parents - Lancaster High School Auditorium
Friday January 26 - Friday February 10, 2023
- Complete the Academy Application
- Request Teacher Recommendations
- Follow any Academy specific requirements
Friday February 10, 2023 3pm
- DEADLINE for all applications
- FINAL day to request teacher recommendations
March 3, 2023
- Acceptance Decision Letters
What is a Career Academy?
Career academies are designed to prepare students for both college and careers. They are schools within schools that link students with peers, teachers, and community partners in a structured environment that fosters academic success*.
3 Major Elements of LHS Career academies
- A small learning community (SLC)
- A college-prep sequential curriculum with a career theme
- A community-based advisory board that forges partnerships with employers, higher education, and the community
*Source: NCAC: National Standards of Practice for Career Academies (2021)
Academy Program Guides
Click on the program name to open their official program and course guide.
For Academy Webpages, follow links in the left navigation pane.
Academy of Finance
NAF is a national network of over 120,000 students and solves some of the biggest challenges facing education by bringing education, business, and community leaders together to elevate student success. The LHSAOF has earned NAF’s highest level of recognition each year since 2011 as a distinguished academy.
Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
AOHT concentrates on equipping students for the hospitality industry. Agreements with Trocaire College and the Russell Salvatore School of Hospitality afford students the experience of working with nearby industry professionals.
Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts
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.
Health Care Academy
The Health Care Academy is for students interested in exploring health-related careers. Students visit health care facilities, host various health professionals, and discuss current trends.It is the perfect opportunity to get a head start in the competitive and rewarding health care field.
Lancaster Leadership Academy
The Lancaster Leadership Academy provides students with coursework and other educational experiences to enhance their leadership skills. These experiences enable them to become highly successful in college, in their chosen career and in future community involvement.
Skilled Trades Academy
The Lancaster 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
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. When you take a PLTW class you work with hundreds of LHS classmates, plus thousands of others from all 50 states.