Academy of Environmental Studies (KAES)

Knightdale Academy of Environmental Studies (KAES)

  • The Knightdale Academy of Environmental Studies (KAES) is a Wake County Public School System Career Academy in the KHSCD Institute of Innovation. The KAES Career Academy is a small learning community dedicated to to preparing students to make knowledgeable career choices through work-based experiences and applications of current environmental issues.

    Students complete career academy requirements during the regular school day, with the exception of work internships. Career academy students may also participate in required and elective classes outside of the career academy, as well as other activities such as clubs and sports.

     KAES Concentrations:
    Career academy students can choose from one of two concentrations for the Knightdale Academy of Environmental Studies:

    • Environmental Engineering (Biotechnology I/II)
    • Animal Science (Animal Science I/II)

    Career academy students normally take a mix of two or three career academy courses each year and the rest academic or other elective courses. Career academy courses are designed to show students how their subjects relate to each other and the career field.

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

    Other Green Career info at the O*Net Green Economy Page


    Any rising 10th grader is eligible to 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 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 KHSCD. This commitment will culminate in an internship their senior year at a local business to see how all of their studies apply in a “real world” situation.

    All rising 10th graders are welcome to apply. Apply online at Questions about KAES can be addressed to Mr. Whittington at

    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.