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Hampton City Schools to add Law and Public Safety Academy at Bethel High School

Hampton City Schools will add a Law and Public Safety Academy at the high school level for the 2017-18 school year. It will be located at Bethel High School. This academy is part of Hampton’s transformation of the four high schools to wall-to-wall academies, which focus instruction on one career or academic track.

Veronica Hurd, director of academies for HCS, said in the new academy, subjects from English to science to mathematics will be taught through the lens of the pathway a student chooses. In the Law and Public Safety Academy, the law enforcement pathway includes courses in criminal justice, forensic technology and public safety, geared toward careers like firefighters, paramedics, police officers and lawyers, she said. The security and protective services pathway includes classes in military science and focuses on careers in the military and other related fields.

Hurd said the school division is working closely with the Hampton Police Division in development of the new academy. Lt. Jason Price, commander of the community engagement unit for HPD and member of the advisory committee for the academy, said he is excited about the possibilities of the new academy.

“We believe that having a Law and Public Safety Academy will improve our relationships and strengthen partnerships with Hampton youth,” he said. “We also believe that investing in Hampton youth who are interested in a career in public safety while they are enrolled in high school will better prepare them for their future whether they decided to continue their education in college or pursue a career in law enforcement.”

Price added, “It is our goal that students enrolled in the Law and Public Safety Academy will have an exciting educational experience that will provide both classroom and hands-on instruction. The advisory committee is also building the curriculum to include instruction that will prepare them to be successful students and adults. Students will also enjoy field trips and class projects that are centered around public safety, as well as having expert instructors who will teach the various topics that encompass public safety.”

Hampton City Schools currently offers the following academies: Architecture & Applied Arts Governor’s STEM Academy at Kecoughtan High, Governors Health Sciences Academy at Bethel High; Information Design and Engineering STEM Academy at Phoebus High; and Aerospace and Information Technology Academy at Hampton.

Students interested in the Law and Public Safety Academy should contact their guidance counselor.

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