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Career academies, after more than four decades of development and three decades of evaluation, have been found by a conclusive random assignment study to be effective in improving outcomes for students during and after high school. Career academies have therefore become the most durable and best-tested component of a high school reform strategy to prepare students for both college and careers.
STERN, DAVID, CHARLES DAYTON, AND MARILYN RABY. “CAREER ACADEMIES: A PROVEN STRATEGY TO PREPARE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS.” UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY: CAREER ACADEMY SUPPORT NETWORK, 2010. PRINT.

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A college and career academy places an emphasis on post-secondary readiness by making a connection between academic learning and its real world application. The three components of a college and career academy are: (1) smaller learning communities, (2) partnerships with employers, community, and post-secondary, and (3) college prep, career-related curriculum.

Springfield High School’s smaller learning communities take the form of five broad academies: Art; Business; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); Humanities; and Liberal Arts. Each academy contains a catalog of elective courses that will allow students to gain knowledge and experience in different career fields. During their junior and senior year, students must complete 3 credits from an academy catalog in order to earn an academy distinction. Each academy also features optional pathways that group the elective courses around specific career paths; students can explore or adapt these pathways to meet their personal goals. Although initially students choose their academy at the end of their sophomore year, students have the option to change academies at the end of each semester.

Springfield High School has established a partnership with Delaware County Community College (DCCC) to offer students college and career opportunities as part of DCCC’s College in the High School program. Students will have access to several College in the High School courses. These courses are offered at the high school during the school day, and students in these courses will earn both Springfield High School credit and DCCC credits. In addition, students will have access to two DCCC technology programs – Automotive Technology and Electro-Mechanical Technology. Both programs allow students to earn an associate’s degree in only one year after graduation from Springfield High School. Students also have access to dual-enrollment course work through DCCC. These courses are offered at DCCC, and students in these courses earn DCCC credits while still maintaining enrollment at Springfield High School.

Springfield High School features a comprehensive college and career education and exploration curriculum through Naviance. Students complete 10-15 lessons per grade-level, introducing them to a broad range of topics and resources.

For more information regarding the Springfield High School College & Career Academy, please explore the many links below.

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Arts

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The Springfield High School Arts Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work in the fine and performing. Featuring six (6) optional pathways, the Arts Academy allows students to gain experience in 2-D art, 3-D art, photography, general art, broadcast/mass media/theater, and instrumental/vocal performance.

 

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2D Art

Sample Careers in 2D Art

  • Fine Artist
  • Commercial Artist
  • Book Illustrator
  • Architectural Illustrator
  • Logo/Branding Designer
  • Advertisement Designer

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in 2D Art

  • Fine Arts
  • Commercial Art
  • Illustration
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Advertising

 

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3D Art

Sample Careers in 3D Art

  • Industrial Designer
  • Miniature Model Maker
  • Potter/Ceramic Designer
  • Jeweller
  • Props Designer
  • Food Product Designer

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in 3D Art

  • Industrial Design
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Jewlery
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design
  • Product Design

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Photography

Sample Careers in Photography

  • Advertising Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Food Photographer
  • Stock Photo Seller

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Photography

  • Advertising
  • Photography & Imaging
  • Industrial Design

 

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General Art

Sample Careers in Computer Science

  • Props Designer
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Director
  • Art Teacher
  • Industrial Designer
  • Logo/Branding Designer

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in General Art

  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design
  • Art Therapy
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Art Education
  • Industrial Design
  • Design

 

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Broadcast/Mass Media/Theater

Instrumental/Vocal Performance

Sample Careers in Instrumental/Vocal Performance

  • Solo Performer
  • Composer
  • Music Therapy
  • Songwriter
  • Electronic Production and Design
  • Music Teacher

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Instrumental/Vocal Performance

  • Vocal Performance
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Theraphy
  • Music Production & Engineering
  • Music Education

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Business

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The Springfield High School Business Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work in business related fields. Featuring four (4) optional pathways, the Business Academy allows students to gain experience in accounting, management, economics, and general business.

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Management

Sample Careers in Management

  • Financial Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Account/Project Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Office Manager

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Management

  • Business Management
  • Business Administration

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Economics

General Business

Sample Careers in General Business

  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Project Manager

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in General Business

  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Management

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Humanities

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The Springfield High School Humanities Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work exploring the meaning and purpose of the human experience. Featuring six (6) optional pathways, the Humanities Academy allows students to gain experience in English, world language, law, history, psychology, and education.


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English

Sample Careers in English

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Speechwriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Research Analyst
  • Advertising Copy Writer

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in English

  • English
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Creative Writing
  • Marketing
  • Technical Writing

 

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World Language

Sample Careers in World Language

  • Teacher
  • Foreign Civil Service
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • International Consultant
  • CIA/FBI Agent
  • Peace Corps Worker

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in World Language

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature

 

 

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Law

Sample Careers in Law

  • Politician or Political Strategist
  • Private Lawyer
  • Government Lawyer
  • Litigation Examiner
  • Labor Negotiator
  • Legal Researcher

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Law

  • Pre-law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Law and Society
  • Economics

 

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History

Sample Careers in History

  • Historian
  • College Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Museum Curator
  • Archivist
  • Political Campaign Worker

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in History

  • History
  • International Affairs
  • African American Studies
  • Geography and Urban Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Asian Studies

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PSYCHOLOGY

Possible Careers in Psychology

  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • School Counselor
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Psychiatric Technician

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Psychology

  • Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology and Health
  • Social Work
  • Neuroscience

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Education

Sample Careers in Education

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Academic Dean
  • Curriculum Developer

 

 

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Education

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Child Studies
  • Early Childhood Education

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Liberal Arts

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The Springfield High School Liberal Arts Academy allows students to sample coursework from multiple disciplines to help define their career preferences. Students in the Liberal Arts Academy take one (1) credit of coursework from three (3) different academies.

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STEM

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The Springfield High School STEM Academy offers opportunities for students to pursue course work in science, technology, engineering, and math related fields. Featuring seven (7) optional pathways, the STEM Academy allows students to gain experience in computer science, engineering, biology & life/medical science, applied science, chemical & earth science, math, and culinary arts & food science.

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Engineering

Sample Careers in Engineering

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Architect

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Engineering

  • Civil Engineering
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • City and Regional Planning

 

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Computer Science

Sample Careers in Computer Science

  • Software Applications Developer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Programmer

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in Computer Science

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering

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CHEMICAL & EARTH SCIENCE

Biology & Life / Medical Science

CULINARY ARTS & FOOD SCIENCE

Sample Careers in CULINARY ARTS & FOOD SCIENCE

  • Chef
  • Food Preparation Worker
  • Dietitian and Nutritionist
  • Hospitality, Lodging, and Tourism
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Baker

Possible Areas of Study and Practice in CULINARY ARTS & FOOD SCIENCE

  • Culinary Arts Chef
  • Food Preparation
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Hospitality Management
  • Restaurant & Culinary Management
  • Baking & Pastry Arts

 

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