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  • Academy of Environmental Studies

    The Mission of the Academy of Environmental Studies is to prepare students to make knowledgeable career choices through work-based experiences and applications of current environmental issues.

    Any rising 9th or 10th grader can join the Academy of Environmental Studies. Students should pass their 9th-grade science class with a “C” or better. Teacher recommendations will also be considered when applying.

    Students who apply may be interested in jobs such as:
    • Farmer
    • Veterinarians
    • Veterinary Technicians
    • Environmental Engineers
    • Land Manager
    • Energy Advisors
    • Forestry and Environmental Management


  • Career Academy

    Career Academies are personalized small learning communities within Knightdale High comprised of a small group of students and teachers for four years. Academy classes are usually blocked back-to-back in the daily schedule, and students attend them as a group. Students are able to complete academy requirements within the regular school day, with the exception of work internships. Career Academies are open for rising Freshmen. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

    Students who are admitted to the Career Academy will begin taking a sophomore-level career/academic cohort class to show the applications of academics in real-world situations. After investigating their career interests and completing an entry-level career academy course, students agree to commit to the Career Academy for the remainder of their academic career at Knightdale High. This commitment will culminate in an internship during the student's senior year at a local business to see how all of their studies apply in a “real world” situation.

    In compliance with federal law, Wake County Public School System administers all education programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.

Contact Us

Lori McLean
Career Academy Coordinator

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