Career Academies

Welcome to the Academies of the ISD


Welcome to the Academies of ISD! The Academies are personalized small learning communities within each of our high schools guiding students toward success in their chosen career.  Students get to choose their Academy based on the ten-year-plan they create as freshmen. Students are able to complete academy requirements within the regular school day, with the possible exception of some internships.

A College and Career Academy involves teachers from different subjects working together as a team. Team members have shared planning time and will work together to make sure students’ classes are complementary and all focused on reaching the same career goal. They also will spend time in area businesses to ensure their teaching matches with what the workplace demands.

We plan to give students an advantage over their peers in many ways: offering a large number of courses for college credit, creating job shadow and internship opportunities, and preparing students for professional certifications.

Career Academies have been shown to improve classroom engagement as students are seeing the relevance of what they’re learning and how it will apply to their chosen field. Career Academy students show higher attendance rates, better grades, and fewer discipline issues.

The ISD is moving into the future and taking students with us. We ARE inspiring greatness.



In the Classroom

Each Academy includes students who take classes together taught by a team of teachers from various subjects. Students and staff will build important relationships as a part of Academy teams.

This structure will help facilitate the Four Cs:

Communication: Unlimited opportunities are present for communicating and showcasing different ways of thinking.
Collaboration: Students learn to collaborate with others in a variety of ways.
Critical Thinking: Students engage in learning experiences that require depth and complexity of thinking to analyze and evaluate.
Creative Thinking: Students will examine and evaluate ideas from different perspectives, think in new directions,  and synthesize information in useful ways. 



Advantages for Students

Students will be learning information and skills that will apply directly to their chosen career Students will be able to see the relevance of what they are learning Students will gain "real world" experience in job shadows, capstone projects and/or internships Students will make connections with potential future employers
Students can gain professional certifications before graduation Students will have a distinct advantage over others their same age when applying for college or a job Student classroom engagement increases  



Everyone Benefits from Career Academies


  • Teachers will become a part of a teaching team
  • Teams meet weekly to plan together
  • Teachers take part in business externships
  • Teaching becomes more relevant
  • Classrooms become more project-based

Business Partners

  • Create systems that produce their “model employee”
  • Can see future employees at work
  • Receive a fresh perspective regarding their business


  • ‚ÄčWorkforce trained with today's skills more likely to entice industry considering locating in the metro
  • Business already located here will not have to look any further than their own city for qualified workers
  • Families considering relocation will have even more reason to move to Independence
  • Could easily affect employment rate as ISD students have a plan for their future and the skills and connections to secure a job



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