The Academy of Business at Clairemont High School received notification of being selected to represent the California partnership Academies as one of 15 California Partnership Academies Lighthouse Academy model programs.
Academy of Business is an award-winning, grant-funded small learning
community that focuses on the business and finance industry pathway.
Founded in 2004, the Clairemont High program offers access to an array
of unique educational activities and opportunities that are not
typically part of a general high school education. The three-year
program provides college-prepratory curriculum that incorporates
business elective courses at each grade level. Partnerships with local
companies and organizations also play an integral part in the Academy’s
Clairemont High students enter the Academy of
Business in tenth grade and then stay together as a group, taking three
to four periods of each school day in the program until they graduate.
The academy teachers work together to create interdisciplinary,
problem-based projects and industry-relevant experiences that build from
year-to-year. Students say the academy is a “family environment” that
“gives them a focus” and “encourages them to succeed.” The academy’s
motto is "success is a choice."
The Academy of Business is part of
the California Partnership Academies, a network of approximately 500
programs supported by competitive state grants in California’s public
high schools. Begun in 1985, the California Partnership Academies are
designed to prepare students for both college and career by relating
academic subjects to a career field via a sequence of career-technical
courses, linking students to the outside world and career paths of
possible future interest. To accomplish this, academies form
partnerships with employers in the selected career field, and two-and
four-year colleges in the region.
Recent studies show that
career academies are the most durable and best-tested component of high
school reform strategy; they are highly effective in improving outcomes
for students during and after high school. Though California
Partnership Academies programs target students who are under-performing
or economically disadvantaged, students enrolled in California
Partnership Academies programs like the Academy of Business perform
better than state averages in overall graduation rates, minority
graduation rates, standardized tests, and university eligibility.
Partnership Academies Lighthouse Academies are very important to the
program for several reasons: they set the standard for correct
implementation of the California Partnership Academies model, provide
assistance to other Partnership Academies, and provide critical
assistance to the California state California Partnership Academies
team. This distinction reflects the quality, history, and understanding
of the CPA model to which Academy of Business has dedicated itself.