Creekside High School Academy Earns Model Status

The Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning at Creekside High School (CHS) has earned national distinction as a Model Career Academy. This is the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) and brings the total number of model academies within the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) to four.

“It is evident that the passion of the academy teams, coupled with the support of the school administration, and the intense focus of your business community, has created a stellar program for students, parents, and the community,” said Angie Grasberger, president of NCAC. “The rigor of the curriculum and the depth of your industry partnerships are to be commended.” The SJCSD is known nationally for its high-quality Career Academies. Many academies are reviewed throughout the nation using the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies, but very few reach model status. Other SJCSD model academies are St. Augustine High School’s Aerospace Academy and Academy of Future Teachers; as well as Ponte Vedra High School’s Academy of International Business and Marketing.

“I am so proud of all of those involved with the Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “I have had the privilege to listen to teachers and business partners describe the classroom events involving our business partners. This academy truly engages students and challenges them to excel in science, engineering, and technology. Great teachers are the foundation of great programs and Kevin Davenport and Alicia Pressel are among the finest educators in their fields. The business partners, staff and students have simply been amazing and we are very grateful for their support.”

Academies that adhere to all the major components defining academies are 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 often earn higher salaries than the average non-Career Academy student. Local data supports the many benefits associated with student participation in career academies; which has prompted the district to expand career and technical courses to middle schools.

CHS will be recognized and present best practices at the NCAC 2013 national conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The NCAC career academy review process is based on the 10 National Standards of Practice (NSOP), introduced in 2004 in Washington, DC by a consortium of career academy organizations and endorsed by the US Departments of Education and Labor