• The Academies at 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.  

    Membership within an academy provides students with focused, relevant and practical learning expreiences through hands-on learning.  Each academy actively engages with the Lancaster community to ensure our students are ready for life after high school whether that be college, career or both. 

    Families are strongly encouraged to learn about the different options available and submit an application.

    Introduction to the Academy Programs and Application Process



    Class of 2024 Academy Application



    Complete the Academy Application (all academies) 


    Friday January 22, 2021

    • Academy Program Information posted in Class of 2024 Google Classroom
    • Academy Applications Open (online and GC)

    Friday February 5, 2021

    • Application Deadline

    Monday March 1, 2021

    • Academy Letters Mailed Home


Academies Overview

  • 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)

    Academy Application: 

    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 available on January 22, 2021) to be considered.

    All three parts of the application for students of the class of 2024 are DUE by Feb 5, 2021 at 3pm. 

    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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Manufacturing and Construction Skilled Trades Academy

    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.

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  • 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.

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Last Modified on February 9, 2021