For Students

An Academy is a small learning community that infuses the high expectations and academic rigor of college preparatory programs with the real world relevance and rigor of career-focused education. Academies offer a more personalized, engaging learning experience for every student.

There’s an Academy path for everyone, and we’re dedicated to helping you find yours. During the course of your Freshman Academy year, you’ll meet with teachers, counselors, business people, and others who can answer questions about the various Academies at your school. You’ll take skills and interest assessments to help identify which Academies might be a good fit for you. Ultimately, your Academy is your choice—we’re here to support you!

The majority of the day will be spent with your Academy Cohort—a small group of students and teachers who remain with you throughout your Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. Your classes will consist of core subjects like Math, English, Social Studies, and Science, as well as classes that directly relate to your Academy. You also have room in your schedule for electives like art, music, and languages. It won’t be uncommon for you to spend part of your day outside the school building—taking a field trip, participating in an internship, doing job shadowing, or any number of other experiences you can’t get in a classroom.

We do our very best to help students choose an Academy that interests them. However, if you decide that your particular Academy is no longer a good fit, you have the option to switch once, after your sophomore year. This will be done in consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators. After sophomore year, we want you to remain in your chosen Academy so you can receive the full benefits of the multi-year experience it offers!

At this time, Academies are only open to students within participating Academy schools. The only exception is Academies that are also district magnet programs; the application process for these programs remains unchanged.

For Families

Please contact your school’s guidance counselor for information on opportunities in your school.

The short answer: it won’t. All existing magnet and specialized academic programs at Academy schools have been accommodated and built into the new Academy structure.

Transcripts of rising Juniors and Seniors will be individually reviewed to help them select an academy that’s right for them. While they won’t receive the full four-year Academy experience, they will still receive all the benefits of one or two years of Academy-style learning. This includes relevant, rigorous classes in an area they’re interested in, the opportunity to take AP or dual-credit classes, plus real-world learning experiences including internships, work shadowing, and more.

Academies are designed to prepare ALL students for a successful future, whether that involves post-secondary education leading to a career, or a direct path into the workforce. Students who want to go to college will have opportunities to take advanced coursework, earn college credit, and explore a variety of in-demand careers. When it’s time to head to college, these opportunities and experiences will help your student make better choices through college and beyond and will help ensure all our students are successful after they graduate.

Academies are chosen to offer students experience in high-demand careers that will need young, talented workers in the next five to ten years. Academy subjects are chosen through consultation with local businesses and by examining data about workforce trends in the Central Kentucky area. Academies will be regularly re-evaluated to make sure they’re continuing to offer relevant experiences to local students.

For Business and Community

Improving our schools improves our entire community. The Academies of Lexington will generate hundreds of talented, highly sought-after graduates who will help fill needed roles in our local workforce. This talent pool will attract more industries to our community. Whether you have a student in an Academy or not, the Academies of Lexington will help grow the future of the entire Lexington community.

Work-based learning experiences are fundamental to student success in the academy model. Work-based opportunities, including co-op and internship programs, will be expanded so that ALL students have the opportunity for learning in the real world.

Working with the Academies of Lexington will allow businesses to shape the future of the workforce in Lexington. Business leaders can provide an incredible experience for today’s students while helping train future employees and collaborators. This initiative offers a unique way for businesses to give back to their community while helping generate a supply of talented workers who are ready to fill the roles that are most needed by local businesses and industries.

A wide variety of involvement opportunities are available for businesses, from speaking to classes and participating in career exploration activities to hosting student and teacher interns.

Contact the Academy Coach at any participating Academy school for more information.

Academy Coaches

Bryan Station High School
Heather Eppley
859.381.3308, ext 2012
heather.eppley@fayette.kyschools.us

Frederick Douglass High School
Shawn Hinds
859.381.3780
shawn.hinds@fayette.kyschools.us

Tates Creek High School
Amanda Wickersham
859.381.3647
amanda.wickersham@fayette.kyschools.us

Academy Coaches

Bryan Station High School
Heather Eppley
859.381.3308, ext 2012
heather.eppley@fayette.kyschools.us

Frederick Douglass High School
Shawn Hinds
859.381.3780
shawn.hinds@fayette.kyschools.us

Tates Creek High School
Amanda Wickersham
859.381.3647
amanda.wickersham@fayette.kyschools.us

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