Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school that select a subset of students and teachers for a two-, three-, or four-year span. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support.

A career academy includes the following essential elements:

  • A small learning community
  • A college-prep curriculum with a career theme
  • Partnerships with employers, the community, and higher education

By design, these three central elements of a career academy lead to a school that is rigorous, relevant, and relational. As such, career academies are an excellent example of a reform model for Florida's policymakers and practitioners to consider in high school reform.

Currently, Indian River County offers students enrollment in the following CAPE Academies:

  • Accounting (Vero Beach HS)
  • Automotive (Sebastian River HS, Vero Beach HS)
  • Biotechnology (Sebastian River HS, Vero Beach HS)
  • Business Management & Analysis (Vero Beach HS)
  • Carpentry (Vero Beach HS)
  • Culinary Arts (Sebastian River HS, Vero Beach HS)
  • Digital Design (Sebastian River HS, Vero Beach HS)
  • Digital Media (Sebastian River HS)
  • Digital Video Production (Vero Beach HS)
  • Drafting (Vero Beach HS)
  • Entrepreneurship (Sebastian River HS)
  • Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (Sebastian River HS)
  • Nursing Assistant (Sebastian River HS, Vero Beach HS)
  • Welding (Sebastian River HS)

Indian River County CAPE Academy students may earn the following industry certification:

  • Adobe Certified Associate (Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro)

  • Automotive Service Excellence-G1 (General Maintenance)

  • Biotility-Certified Biotechnician Assistant

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Florida Automotive Dealership Association Certification

  • GIS Certified Technician/Spatial Certification

  • Microsoft Office Suite

  • NCCER Welding 1

  • ServSafe Certified Food Manager

  • CIW Internet Business Associate

  • Certified Apprentice Drafter Architectural

  • NCCER Carpentry Level 1

  • QuickBooks Certified Associate