Welcome to Career Academies

Career Academies are unique ‘schools-within-schools’ offering personalized learning through career-related classes with focus on skill-sets for a chosen industry. Exciting opportunities for students offer them a chance to succeed academically while gaining valuable knowledge towards a lifetime career. Career Academies benefit students and employers alike, providing graduates advanced skills and their potential employers a capable, specialized workforce from which to hire. 

Why Career Academies

Students study all the basic courses AND get a skill they will keep for a lifetime... all while getting a head start on a career path. It''s like choosing a major... they can always change later, but national data shows that many young people stay in the same field for a long time. And Career Academy students go to college more often than other students.

Solid academics AND career skills… That''s what Career Academies are all about. Here in Northeast Florida, we are setting the pace for educators and business leaders across the US.

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Did You Know?

Career academies produced sustained earnings gains that averaged 11 more per year for Academy group members than for individuals in the non-Academy group).


[Bryant] is the second person to have graduated from our Law Enforcement academy at Clay High school. During his time in the program he had a lot of input into the direction the program should go in order to attract others. After graduating and going to College he has returned to become a Clay County Deputy and is now part of the new OSS UNIT [Operation Safe Street]. He is living his dream & makes Clay High proud.

Peter J. McCabe, Clay High School Principal

“Bryant was one of the most focused students that I had ever encountered as guidance counselor in 33 years.  He was a remarkable role model in high school as he still is today”

Cheryl Nix, Clay High School Guidance Counselor

“Bryant Wiggins was a remarkable student.  He was focused from the first day of ninth grade to the last day of twelfth grade on becoming a law enforcement officer.  With that type of determination he will accomplish anything he puts his mind to”.

Harold Rutledge, Clay High School ALES Teacher