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 experiences 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.
Class of 2025 Application Timeline
Complete the Academy Application (all academies)
January 24 - 27, 2022
- Academy Presentations - Freshmen Foundations
January 27, 2022
- Academy Information Videos for Parents Posted
- Academy Applications Open
February 11, 2022 (3pm)
- Applications DUE
- Last day to request teacher recommendations
March 4, 2022
- Acceptance Letters Sent Home
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*.
LHS Career academies
- 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)
Program Course Descriptions
Click on the program name to open their official program and course guide.
For Academy Webpages, follow links in the left navigation pane.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.