Career & Technical Education Academies

What is the Academy program?

A high school academy is a center within an existing high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that successfully integrate career and academic preparation.

Advanced technical and specialized elective courses are available at the Academies for students interested in pursuing careers in International Studies and Business; Engineering and Scientific Technology; Health and Human Services; or Communications and the Arts.

Enrollments in the Academy elective course offerings will provide juniors and seniors with career and academic preparation for post- secondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

Academy Program Information:

Career Experiences

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Services

Academy Course Locator by Base School

Course Descriptions

Specialized Programs

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Applying for the Academy and Specialized Programs:

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Academy Open House Dates:

Chantilly Academy

February 11, 2016

Snow Date: February 18

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Edison Academy

February 20, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fairfax Academy

February 9, 2016

Snow Date: February 11

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Falls Church Academy

January 13, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Marshall Academy

January 21, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

West Potomac Academy

January 11, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Specialized Programs:

In addition to courses offered at the six Academies, specialized programs for students with particular interests are available at community-based locations and at single school sites as follows:


The Classroom-on-the-Mall program is located at Fair Oaks Mall and provides instructional marketing and fashion marketing experiences.

Auto Dealership Program

The Auto Dealership Program, now available at 13 high schools, introduces students to operating a licensed auto dealership.

The Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing

The Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing is located at Plum Center for Lifelong Learning and offers nursing classes to both secondary and post-secondary students.

Spring Village Residential Construction Site

Spring Village Residential Construction Site offers students an opportunity to construct single-family homes while earning an hourly wage.


Community-Based Marketing Programs

Amy Granahan
Program Manager, Marketing

Classroom on the Mall: Fair Oaks

Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing

Catherine Corp
Director, Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing: Plum Center for Lifelong Learning

Foundation for Applied Technical Education (FATE)

Chad Maclin
Program Manager, Trade and Industrial Education

Auto Dealerships: Chantilly, Edison, and Marshall Academies, and select high schools

Construction Project: Spring Village Job Site

Academy Websites:




Falls Church


West Potomac

Academy Highlights:




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West Potomac

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CTE Programs:


Business and Information Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Medical Sciences



Technology and Engineering Education

Trade and Industrial Education

International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC)

Quick Links:

Instructional Services

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Services to the Community

CTE Graduation Requirements

Industry Certifications

CTE Management Team and Contacts

CTE Advisory Committee

Student Organizations

Student Success Stories

Annual Events

Videos and Highlights


Beth Downey
Coordinator, CTE

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