WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIES OF LEXINGTON?

The Academies of Lexington are small learning communities within Fayette County public high schools.
They allow students to connect what they’re learning in the classroom with real-world applications.
They provide students with a new kind of educational experience—one that helps them truly thrive in today’s economy.
The Academies of Lexington is a partnership between Fayette County public high schools, students, families, educators, businesses, and community partners.
This initiative is uniting Lexington behind the cause of transforming public education in our city.

THE GOALS


Transform Education

Academies revolutionize what school can be for public high school students by allowing them to gain real-world experience in a field that interests them.

Enhance Collegiate and
Workforce Performance

Academy graduates are talented, engaged, and prepared to meet the needs of the twenty-first century economy.

Benefit Lexington

By transforming our schools and enhancing the lives of graduates, Academies benefit our community as a whole.

WHY?

High school students are graduating into a world that’s changing faster than ever. Today’s workplace would be unrecognizable twenty years ago—the internet, automation, and increasingly advanced technology have revolutionized the way we work in the twenty-first century.
But while industry has evolved, education has stayed largely the same. In order to truly prepare our students for the world that’s waiting for them, we have to transform the way we approach public education. Students deserve an educational experience as innovative, immersive, and engaging as the world around them.

Ford NGL communities are seeing results:


The Academies of Lexington are built on the framework developed by Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL), which has been helping transform education in communities across the country for over a decade.
Increased high school graduation rates
Increased academic achievement
Improved preparation for college, careers, and life
Development of students’ 21st-century skills
Increased number of students graduating with industry certifications and college credits
Increased earning potential and a strengthened talent pipeline

Academies of Lexington Master Plan


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