Career Academies / California Partnership Academies (CPA)

The California Partnership Academy (CPA) model is a three-year program (grades ten-twelve) structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships. CPAs represent a high school reform movement that is focused on smaller learning communities with a career theme. Academy components include rigorous academics and career technical education, with a career focus, a committed team of teachers, and active business and post-secondary partnerships.

Active Academies in Modesto City Schools

  • Education & Human Development Academy – Johansen High School
  • Industrial Technology & Engineering Academy – Johansen High School
  • Agriculture Academy – Johansen High School
  • Health Careers Academy – Davis High School
  • Public Safety Academy – Davis High School
  • Forensics/Biotechnology Academy – Enochs High School
  • Performing Arts Academy – Modesto High School
  • Small Learning Community Career Theme-based Academy (not CPA) – Gregori High School

Statewide California Partnership Academy (CPA) Outcomes 

  • Selection into academies: 50% at-risk (low attendance, behind on credits, low motivation, economically disadvantaged, low test scores and/or low GPA).
  • 96% met 80%+ attendance criteria.
  • 83% met 90%+ on track credits criteria.
  • Passed CAHSEE at slightly higher rates.
  • 95% graduation rate (compared w/ 85% State ave).
  • Graduation rate +16% (African-American) and +14% (Hispanic).
  • Plans: Community College (60%); 4-year College (28%).
  • UC a-g Completion: 57% (compared with 36% State HS grads).
  • 71% 11th graders in CPA participated in Mentorships; 52% 12th graders participated in work-based learning experience.

Career Academy Support Network, UC Berkeley, 2009-10 Executive Summary

Academy Funding:
California Partnership Academy Grants: Prop 98 or SB70 funding
(part of Tier III Categorical Flexibility)