Ponte Vedra High School Academy Earns Model Status

The St. Johns County Academy of International Business and Marketing at Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS) has earned Model Academy status, the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). This career academy follows the framework set by the National Standards of Practice for career academies. Many academies across the United States are reviewed on the 10 standards, but few reach model status, let alone exceed every one.

“I am proud of the efforts of our teachers and their commitment to the students in the Academy of International Business and Marketing,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “Because of the success of this academy, these students have the opportunity to participate in internships and work-based learning that helps them develop and hone their skills before attending a secondary institution and entering the workforce.”

The Academy of International Business and Marketing has been in existence for four years and has an enrollment of 354 students in grades nine through 12. This academy, like others within the county, adheres to all the major components defining academies and is far more likely to show positive results for student success. National research has shown that Career Academy students have better attendance, better scores on standardized tests such as FCAT, higher college attendance rates, and eventually earn more than non-Career Academy students.

Ponte Vedra High School will be recognized at the NCAC 2012 national conference in Nashville, TN in November. The NCAC career academy review process is based on the 10 National Standards of Practice (NSOP), introduced in 2004 in Washington, D.C. by a consortium of career academy organizations and endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor.

Career academies are smaller learning communities within a high school that create a family-type atmosphere and incorporate features such as integration of academic and career-related curriculum, team teaching and business involvement. Academies emphasize motivational and real-world activities including hands-on projects, business mentoring, internships and field trips.