The Academy of Information Technology (IT) prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database administration, web design and administration, digital networks, and other areas in the expanding digital workplace.Through classroom topics such as 3-D modeling, animation, mobile device applications, and coding, students will be prepared to develop solutions in a multitude of platforms and programming languages. Employment in areas of IT is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, giving students ample competitive tech opportunities upon graduation.
IT Academies are located at four DCPS high schools: Cardozo EC, Columbia Heights EC, McKinley Technology HS, and Woodson HS.
The Academy of Global Service & Diplomacy, which is located only at Roosevelt High School, provides students with knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare them for dynamic careers in International Relations, Foreign Policy, and International Commerce. In an increasingly interconnected world, careers in international diplomacy will become even more essential and will continue to grow. In this program, students explore political science theories and careers, and learn essential communication, research, and writing skills. Industry partners, which provide internships and other work-based learning opportunities, include the US Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The first Academy of Civil Engineering & Architecture will open at Anacostia High School in SY20-21. The Academy will dig deep into the engineering design process and application of math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. Students will develop skills in building and site design and development, and will have the opportunity to become certified in Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) in Revit Architecture, and Autodesk Certified User (ACU) in AutoCAD. Through a variety of internship opportunities with local partners including Accenture, and Pepco, students will learn essential career skills such as leadership, communication, and professionalism.
The Academy of Finance consists of coursework designed to familiarize students with the knowledge and skills in economies and private enterprise systems, the impact of global business, the marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing. Students analyze the sales process and financial management principles. The Finance curriculum is designed to promote learning, reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of exciting and relevant activities, problems, and settings in business, marketing, and finance.
The Academy of Finance is located at H.D. Woodson High School
The Academy of Public Leadership at Anacostia High School will prepare students for a variety of careers in government and public safety, including local, state, and federal government, national security, law enforcement, protective services and corrections. Students will study legal concepts and review essential cases in constitutional law, as well as examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, and corrections. They will learn essential career skills such communication, collaboration, and professionalism, preparing them for a career in public leadership. Industry partnerships include the National Guard, Allied Universal, and US Homeland Security.
Careers in audio and video technology and film production span all aspects of the audio/video communications industry, and is a fast-growing, high-skill area of need. The Mass Media Academies at Ballou HS and Coolidge HS develop students with technical knowledge and skills needed for success in arts, audio/video technology, and communications careers. Students in these programs develop an understanding of the industry with a focus on pre-production, production, and post-production audio and video products. Students leave the program with the industry certification Adobe Photoshop Premier Pro.
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism are two of the world’s largest industries and one of the fastest growing in the District of Columbia. Students in the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, offered at Ballou HS, Columbia Heights EC, and Wilson HS, complete a sequence of courses designed in partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Throughout the program, students learn about the hospitality industry and participate in work-based and experiential learning opportunities, including field trips to restaurants, post-secondary institutions, and wholesale food companies.
The Academy of Engineering answers an acute need for engineers in the US by educating high school students in the principles of engineering and providing exciting learning in the fields of electronics, biotechnology, aerospace, civil engineering, and architecture. The Academy of Engineering, offered at six DCPS high schools: Cardozo EC, Columbia Heights EC, Dunbar HS, McKinley Technology HS, Phelps ACE HS, and Woodson HS, uses Project Lead the Way curricula to provide opportunities to apply science, technology, engineering, and math through project-based, hands-on courses. Students in these programs have completed internships with Pepco, the Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Transportation.
The Academy of Information Technology (IT) prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database administration, web design and administration, digital networks, and other areas in the expanding digital workplace. IT Academies are located at four DCPS high schools: Cardozo EC, Columbia Heights EC, McKinley Technology HS, and Woodson HS. Through classroom topics such as 3-D modeling, animation, mobile device applications, and coding, students will be prepared to develop solutions in a multitude of platforms and programming languages. Employment in areas of IT is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, giving students ample competitive tech opportunities upon graduation.
The Academy of Biotechnology, at McKinley Technology HS is a four-course program which prepares students in the emerging and in-demand career fields of biotechnology such as agricultural, medical, regulatory, and forensics. In the classroom, students use sophisticated laboratory equipment, perform statistical analysis, and practice quality-control techniques. Outside of the classroom, students go on exciting site visits such as the DC Department of Forensic Science and attend a live thoracic surgery at GW Hospital.