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

Agriculture Academy – Johansen High

Health Careers Academy – Davis High

Public Safety Academy – Davis High

Forensics/Biotechnology Academy – Enochs High

Performing Arts Academy – Modesto High

Small Learning Community Career Theme-based Academy (not CPA) – Gregori High


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)