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Academies Overview

A career academy is a school-within-a-school that offers students academic programs organized around broad career themes.  It is a program within a school that combines a college preparatory curriculum with a career focus. It provides unique learning opportunities through extensive business partnerships, integrated instruction, hands-on learning, field studies, service learning, career shadowing, co-ops, and internships. Academies link classroom learning to career goals, helping students to find relevance in what they are learning in the classroom. In addition, academies:

  • provide students with real world experiences that help build a resume and gain experience in the work force.
  • encourage students to push themselves to higher levels in a challenging field    
  • offer successful graduates advantages with local partnering colleges increasing the odds of completing a higher education
  • contribute to the workforce by creating employees who are prepared to enter into a career with the proper work ethics..

Students receive a more personalized education thanks to the team of teachers who work together to meet the needs of the student, both as a learner and as a young adult. Students who complete an approved academy program may be eligible to receive the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award, which pays for 75% of the tuition and fees at a Florida public institution of higher learning.

Special Note:   All Academy students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities offered at Atlantic High School , such as athletics and clubs, thus further satisfying the growing desire to be educated, well-rounded, and experienced individuals who can contribute to our democratic society as only an Atlantic High School graduate can!

Academy of Law and Government (ALAG)

The ALAG Academy focuses on careers in the areas of law, government and public service, providing information and intern experiences in careers for students who aspire to be lawyers, politicians, police officers, forensic scientists, crime lab technicians, and other law and government related fields. 

This is a GOLD level academy based on the Volusia County School District annual evaluation, meeting all nine academy standards. 

Academy Director: Margo Rivera mlriver1@volusia.k12.fl.us 

Aquaculture, Environmental, and Marine Science (AEMS) Academy

The AEMS Academy provides training crucial to Florida’s unique environment and prepares students to preserve and protect the earth by working in careers related to aquaculture and environmental services.  Students are immersed in ecologically significant projects such as water quality testing, marine life sampling, and invasive species eradication.

This is a GOLD level academy based on the Volusia County School District annual evaluation, meeting all nine academy standards. 

Academy Director: Jennifer Spain jsspain@volusia.k12.fl.us

Technology, Engineering, Science and Aeronautics (TESA) Academy

The TESA Academy, in partnership with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), prepares students to fly unmanned vehicles, airplanes, and introduces them to various aerospace careers. Building airplanes and small UAV’s; studying weather and aerodynamics are a few of the opportunities of this exciting and unique academy. Students can earn college dual enrollment credit on campus at Atlantic High School during their junior and senior years.

This is a GOLD level academy based on the Volusia County School District annual evaluation, meeting all nine academy standards. 

 Academy Director: Ms. Silva at arsilva@volusia.k12.fl.us

Teaching, Education And Learning (TEAL) Academy

The TEAL Academy allows students to explore a career that needs them now more than ever – teaching! Students take coursework to prepare them for a career in a Kindergarten through 12th grade classroom (K-12 pathway) or in early childhood education (children at birth to age 4).

Academy Director: Kari Nagus: klnagus@volusia.k12.fl.us