Academy of Public Safety (KAPS)

Knightdale Academy of Public Safety (KAPS)

  • The Knightdale Academy of Public Safety (KAPS) is a Wake County Public School System Career Academy in the KHSCD Institute of Government & Global Inquiry. The KAPS Career Academy will develop and guide interested students toward a career in public safety through academics, personal development and in-depth education which will prepare the students to be college or career ready.

    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.

    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.


    Any rising 9th or 10th grader is eligible to join the Academy of Public Safety. Rising Sophomores should have a  “C” (2.0) 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 KHS. 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.


    Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.
    The student organization for law, public safety, corrections and security is SkillsUSA .

    It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.
    After taking CTE classes in law, public safety, corrections and security, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:

    • On-the-job training as a paralegal, fire fighter, police officer, or security or corrections officer
    • A two-year college degree in fire protection and prevention, paralegal services, criminal justice or administration of justice
    • A four-year college degree in law, corrections management, legal management, government, criminal justice, criminal psychology, public safety or national security

    All rising 10th graders are welcome to apply. Apply online at Questions about KAPS 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.