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Academy Coaches

Bethel High School
Sherry Hildebrandt

Hampton High School
Christina Kerby

Kecoughtan High School
Jonathan Snead

Phoebus High School
Kathy Elliott

The Ten Standards guiding each academy are: 

1) Defined Mission And Goals;
2) Academy Structure;
3) Host District And High School;
4) Faculty And Staff;
5) Professional Development;
6) Governance & Leadership;
7) Curriculum & Instruction;
8) Employer, Higher Education & Community Involvement;
9) Student Assessment; and
10) Cycle of Improvement.

More information about Career Academies may be found @


The Academies of Hampton are transforming the traditional high school experience into an innovative model that prepare all students for careers, linking academic courses to college majors and career sectors. Students and teachers use experiential learning to make lessons come alive. Different pathways designed and supported by community partners are created to introduce students to a variety of college and career options.

What are The Academies of Hampton?

The Academies of Hampton provides students with a clear path for graduation and a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary college and careers. Students become part of a group of individuals who complete courses together, share similar interests, and desire to learn about a specific career field. Each academy provides a highly personalized, small learning community, where students learn English, science, math, social studies, and meet all graduation requirements within the theme of their academy. The academies also offer advance placement courses, dual enrollment courses, and industry certification exams that may count as college credits depending on the college or apprentice program students attend and the major they pursue.

Academy teachers have an increased understanding or expertise in and excitement about the career field and offer students special activities and events that provide greater awareness of the careers and job opportunities. Potential employers share their knowledge and experience through classroom presentations, worksite visits, job shadowing, and internships. Advisors and business mentors introduce students to careers, opportunities, and industry skills through relevant, hands-on learning experiences with real-world application and experiences.

What makes an Academy experience different than a traditional high school?

  • Students learn in a small, personalized environment that is centered on and responsive to their needs and the needs of the community.
  • Students experience applied learning opportunities within themed academies.
  • Students work with business and industry partners to solve real-world problems for authentic learning.
  • Essential knowledge and skills are taught to students in order to graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education, training, or employment.
  • Students engage in a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates academic and career education curriculum.
  • Students work within a culture of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking that promotes the development of leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Students earn certification credentials and have dual enrollment opportunities.
  • Students graduate with the essential 21st century knowledge and skills that prepare them for further education, training, careers, and life.

What will The Academies of Hampton provide students?

  • Encouraging, nurturing, challenging, and rigorous learning opportunities
  • Positive relationships with parents and guardians, students, teachers, school staff, and industry and business partners
  • Training and resources to resolve conflicts peacefully and respectfully
  • Supportive resources for students experiencing crisis, trauma, or serious challenges in their homes, school, and communities
  • Engaging academic and extracurricular activities that support academic, college and career goals
  • Effective communication between schools, parents, and communities
  • Clean, safe, and well-maintained learning environments that demonstrate school pride, love of learning, and safe school community

Wall-to-Wall Academy Rollout

2016 – 2017
Pilot Freshman Academy

2017 – 2018
Wall-to-Wall Freshman Academies

2018 – 2019
Wall-to-Wall Career Academies – 10th Grade

2019 – 2020
Wall-to-Wall Career Academies – 11th Grade

2020 – 2021
Wall-to-Wall Career Academies – 12th Grade

The Academies of Hampton… Your Pathway to Success

The Academies of Hampton offers college and career focused academies that create purposeful learning experiences that allow students to connect career aspirations to their learning environmentsThe academies allow students to explore a variety of possible career opportunities, engage in unique learning experiences, and expand traditional learning requirements through a career lens, all while creating a system of support to guide students to success. Hampton students will graduate from Hampton City Schools prepared for success in a career, lifelong learning, and in life.

The journey from ninth grade to high school graduation

Freshman Academy 
Ninth-grade students begin their educational experience in a freshman academy to promote an effective and positive transition from middle school to high school. This academy is designed to help students adjust to high school expectations, routines, and standards in a supportive, nurturing environment. The ninth-grade instructional program also includes Success 101, a Freshman Seminar course designed to equip students with the study and social skills they will need to succeed in high school. Success 101 helps students to explore their individual talents and participate in college-and career-awareness activities.

Career Academies
Tenth through twelfth grade students participate in academies organized around themes that support high-demand, high-skill careers in the Hampton Roads region. Academy students graduate with a plan for a successful future and network of support to guide them along their way!

Students have an opportunity to enroll in one of 16 academies and 44 pathways. In addition to the career-themed academies, students have the opportunity to enroll in one of three accelerated college preparatory programs: International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced College Experience (ACE) Academy, and the Gifted Enrichment Seminar program. Regardless of which academy students select, they may participate in a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program that supports the Air Force, Army, Marines, or Navy. Hampton City Schools offers a JROTC program at each high school.  

Career Academy Options

The Academy of Architecture, Environment, and Engineering - Governor’s STEM – Kecoughtan High School
The Academy of Cybersecurity, Engineering, and Robotics – Phoebus High School
The Academy of Digital Video Production – Phoebus High School
The Academy of Entrepreneurship and Information Design – Kecoughtan High School
The Academy of Health, Human, and Financial Services – Hampton High School
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism – Phoebus High School
The Academy of Law and Public Safety – Bethel High School
The Maritime Academy – Hampton High School
The Academy of Media, Arts and Design – Bethel High School
The Academy of Teaching, Education, and Learning – Kecoughtan High School
The Academy of Technology and Engineering – Hampton High School
The On Stage: Performing Arts Academy*  - Kecoughtan High School
The Transportation, Analytics, Information, and Logistics Academy– Bethel High School
Governor’s Health Sciences Academy – Bethel High School

Accelerated Academies and Programs
In addition to the career-themed academies, students have the option of enrolling in one of three accelerated high school programs that offer challenging programs and provide an excellent indicator of college readiness. While the career-themed academy selection process is managed through a lottery, all of accelerated college programs require a separate application; they are not part of the lottery process. You must follow the application guidelines outlined by Hampton City Schools for the following accelerated programs.

  • Gifted Enrichment Seminar* – offered at all four high schools
  • The Academy of Advanced College Experience (ACE)* – Phoebus High School
  • International Baccalaureate Program- Hampton HIgh School

Please note that the following programs and accelerated academies have specific enrollment criteria:

  • Gifted Enrichment Seminar requires students to be eligible for gifted education academic services.
  • The Academy of Advanced College Experience (ACE) at Phoebus and International Baccalaureate Program at Hampton require an application, essay and recommendations.
  • The Art of Movement Pathway in The On Stage: Performing Arts Academy at Kecoughtan requires an audition.

As with all academies, please use The Academies of Hampton 2018-2019 Programs of Study or seek out guidance from your school counselor for more information or to answer questions. Hampton City Schools is excited about the many opportunities that await you.

Academies of Hampton - Descriptions, Pathways and Career Opportunities

All four high schools in the City of Hampton host unique academies with several plans of study aligned with local businesses, industries, and post-secondary education and training partners. All academies offer multiple college and career pathways. The academies engage students in student-centered learning within an interdisciplinary and dynamic learning environment enhanced by industry knowledge and expertise that prepares them for college, careers, and life in the 21st century.

Ninth-grade students begin their educational experience in a freshman academy to promote an effective and positive transition from middle school to high school. This academy is designed to help students to adjust to high school expectations, routines, and standards in a supportive, nurturing environment. The ninth-grade instructional program also includes Success 101, a Freshman Seminar course designed to equip students with the study and social skills they will need to succeed in high school. Success 101 helps to motivate them through exploration of their individual talents and to participate in college-and career-awareness activities.

Freshman Academy Flyer (pdf)

Academy of Law and Public Safety (ALPS)

Do you enjoy defending a point and standing up for people’s rights, persuading others? Do you want to be respected and a role model? Do you enjoy solving problems, collecting data, and finding the answers to a mystery? Do you work well in high stress situations and like physical and mental challenges? ALPS is for students interested in legal studies and learning about safety, security, and wellness of the community. ALPS provides academic and technical courses students need to develop critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand careers in law and public safety.  

Pathways in this Academy

Law and Legal Studies
Legal professionals must understand the law from philosophical, political, historical, and sociological perspectives. This pathway teaches through the lens of the legal profession and introduces legal foundations, types of law, law processes, and careers related to law and legal studies.

Career opportunities: arbitrator, compliance officer, court reporter, human resources representative, lawyer, and legal assistant.

Law Enforcement
Careers in criminal justice are found at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as in the private sector. This pathway teaches through the lens of the criminal justice system and careers related to law enforcement.

Career opportunities: corrections officer, criminal profiler, emergency dispatcher, federal special agent, forensic scientist, military and national guard, police, and sheriff.

Firefighter/ Emergency Medical Technician
Firefighters control and put out fires, prevent or reduce the risk of future fires, and respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. This pathway teaches through the lens of a firefighter and related emergency medical service providers.

Career opportunities: emergency dispatcher, emergency medical technician (EMT), firefighter, fire inspector, forensic science technician, and gaming surveillance officer.

Governor's Health Sciences Academy

Do you enjoy solving mysteries or making new discoveries? Did you ever wonder why some people get sick and others do not? Do you enjoy helping others and want to improve the health of your community? Then this may be the right academy for you. The Governor's Health Sciences Academy provides students with the critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand careers in health sciences.

Pathways in this Academy

Diagnostic Services
Diagnostic healthcare services help physicians diagnose and treat a wide range of healthcare problems. Healthcare professionals use diagnostic tests to aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions. Diagnostic services include laboratory tests, radiology, genetic testing, diagnostic imaging, and more.

Career opportunities: biochemist, cardiovascular technician, certified nurse assistant, medical sonographers, home health aide, lab technician, licensed practical nurse, physical therapy aide, and radiology technician.

Therapeutic Services
Healthcare professionals provide a variety of therapeutic services once a diagnosis has been made. The goal of these services is to provide patients with the tools needed to live a healthier and problem-free lifestyle. Therapeutic services include occupations focused primarily on changing the health status of patients over time through direct care, treatment, counseling, or health education information.

Career opportunities: anesthesiologist assistant, athletic trainer, certified nursing assistant, dental lab technicians, health aide, kinesthesiologist, nutritionist, personal trainer, physical and occupational therapist, social worker, and vocational rehabilitation counselor.

Biotechnology Research and Development  
If you want to play a role in developing the latest advancements in health care, whether it is through science, research and development, or biotechnology discoveries, there is a career in this pathway waiting for you. Healthcare professionals in biotechnology research and development focus on developing new treatments and medical technologies to improve human health and advance the overall health science field.

Career opportunities: biologist scientist, biomedical chemist and engineer, biomedical and clinical technician, biostatistician, healthcare technology manager, laboratory equipment technician, medical equipment technician, nuclear medicine technician, quality control technician, and toxicologist.

Health Informatics and Support
There is very little today in health care that doesn't involve informatics or business. Health information is the data related to a person’s medical history, including symptoms, diagnoses, procedures, and outcomes. Health informatics and support is the practice of acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and traditional medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Healthcare professionals in this field focus on patient documentation services, medical records management, administration services, drug utilization review, hospital unit coordination, appointment booking, financial information, and information/communication applications to health care processes and procedures.

Career opportunities: anesthesia technician, clinical analyst, data analyst, data entry clerk, healthcare administrator, health educator, health information coder, medical assistant, medical coder, medical information technician, medical transcriptionist, public health educator, reimbursement specialist, and risk manager.

Transportation, Analytics, Information, and Logistics Academy (TRAIL)

Do you enjoy the process of planning, implementing, and controlling procedures that deliver the products of tomorrow for the consumers of today? Do you enjoy flying drones, programming, and networking it all together as you enter the world of high tech and security through big data? The TRAIL Academy is for students interested in integrating operations management services with analytics and technology within the global supply chain. Students in this academy will learn critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand careers in transportation and logistics.  

Pathways in this Academy

Programming and Data Analysis
Whether they are solving technical problems or creating video games, computer programmers and software developers must use logic. Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs and games to work properly. Programming and Software Developers turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. Professionals in this field also retrieve information and address Big Data challenges that include capturing data, data storage, data analysis, search, share and transfer information, updating and information privacy.

Career opportunities: computer programmer, database analyst, multimedia artist, network architect, software test engineer, and web developer.

Imagine not having access to the Internet, the world’s largest network. Computer networks, connecting two or more computers together to share resources, have become an integral component of today’s corporate, government, personal, and international world. Computer networking specialists are being called upon more and more to safeguard individual, company and government information through constantly changing security processes. Networking professionals build networks, develop applications, secure devices, and analyze data.

Career opportunities: cabling specialist, computer programmer, customer service representative, database administrator, computer repair specialist, information security analyst, network support specialist, and operations specialist.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS professionals use computer-aided mapping and surveying technology to collect, measure, and interpret geographic information in order to create and update maps and charts for regional planning, education, emergency response, and other purposes. Surveying technicians visit sites to take measurements of the land and mapping technicians use geographic data to create maps; both are involved in collecting data and making maps of the Earth's surface. When you pair it with modeling and simulation, GIS opens the door to civil engineering and city planning.

Careers opportunities: cartographer, geographer, geoscientist, photogrammetrists, surveyor, and mapping technician.

Logistics and Business Management
Business managers are responsible for coordinating the human, financial, and material resources within an organization and aligning those resources with the company’s goals and objectives. Business managers develop and direct the strategies, plans, procedures, and policies that guide the organization’s day-to-day and long-term practices.  Business management is a critical skill for launching your own successful business, supporting an organization, or joining a Fortune 500 firm. 

Career opportunities: administrative managers, business analyst, data analysts, executive manager, food service manager, forensic accountant, human resource manager, purchasing agent, product manager, and risk manager.

Academy of Media, Arts, and Design

Do you enjoy developing story content? Do you enjoy integrating video, audio, and text into unique media platforms? If so, then this may be the right academy for you. The Academy of Media, Arts, and Design is for students interested in the areas of digital imaging, graphic design, social media/web design, digital photography, video editing, and video production. Students learn critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand careers in media arts.

Pathways in this Academy

Digital Media
Digital media artists create web pages, video games, or animation for multimedia. Using a variety of software programs, appreciating how digital animation works, and understanding programming, all help the digital media artist create audiovisual productions for television, movies, news media, education, government, businesses, and advertising.

Career opportunities:  animator, audio director, graphic designer, multimedia artist, multimedia producer, video editor, and web designer.

Journalism opens doors to a range of careers where creativity, writing, communication, and research skills are invaluable. Core journalistic skills include researching, investigating, interviewing, reporting and writing. With additional technical skills such as video, editing, shorthand, audio, content management and web design, a journalist can find employment in any field or industry.

Career opportunities: author/writer, copywriter, desktop publisher, digital content producer, editor, grant writer, investigative journalist, multi-media journalist, newsroom reporter, public relations coordinator, reporter, social media manager, and technical writer.


Do you enjoy building things, solving puzzles, working with tools, or designing machines? The Academy of Technology and Engineering provides the academic and technical courses needed for successful transition to postsecondary education and 21st Century careers in construction technology, aerospace, engineering design and development, information technology, and audio engineering.

Pathways in this Academy

Engineering Design and Development
Design and development engineers create solutions to problems through research, design, test, and construction. Their area of expertise includes design production and maintenance of mechanical, telecommunications, electrical, electronics, and electromechanical products and systems.

Career opportunities: building inspector, CAD technician, design and development engineer, engineering technician, ergonomist, industrial engineer, and materials engineer.  

Information Technology
Information technology specialists develop and manage business information and applications tools that others rely on to do their jobs. Their roles include designing, developing, applying, implementing, supporting, or managing computer-based information systems.

Career opportunities: advanced multimedia designer, cloud architect, computer forensic investigator, computer programmer, health IT specialist, IT consultant, mobile application developer, office clerk, research scientist, software engineer, and web developer manager.

Audio Engineering
An audio engineer operates and sets up recording equipment used to capture the technical aspects of sound during the process of recording, mixing, and producing. Using a variety of computer software and cloud-based music technology programs, audio engineers work with singers, arrangers, musicians, record producers, and artists’ management to achieve the best sound possible.

Career opportunities: announcer/DJ, audio engineer, audio equipment technician, broadcast technician, camera operator, and sound engineer.

Construction Technology
Workers in construction technology have multiple professional paths, each offering job security and excellent earning potential. Professionals in this field do a variety of building-related activities during all phases of construction. Although most are generalists, many specialize in skilled trades such as carpentry, electrical, brick masonry, or plumbing.

Career opportunities: codes and compliance monitor, construction carpenter, construction laborer, construction site supervisor, cost estimator, electrician, project manager, and skill traded worker.


Do you enjoy helping others within your community achieve a higher quality of life? The Academy of Health, Human and Financial Services provide the academic and technical courses needed for successful transition to postsecondary education and careers focused on improving the community through counseling, nutrition and wellness, and financial education services.

Pathways in this Academy

Counseling, Nutrition and Wellness
Everywhere you go you hear about the demand for healthcare careers. As an advocate of healthy living, workers in the health and wellness field focus on improving the lives of others and their community through preventive care. Individuals in this industry focus of behavioral and physical health, public policy, exercise and wellness education, medicine, or social science.

Career opportunities: child care site worker, class instructor, clinical dietitian, community services worker, employee assistance program manager, food and nutrition manager, nutritionist, patient advocate, patient navigator, personal care aide, and personal trainers.

Financial Services
The finance industry offers a wide range of career opportunities that are compatible with different skills and interests. Whether you are working in commercial and investment banking, insurance, pension plans, risk management, mutual funds, e-commerce, or personal and business planning, a career in finance is essentially all about money.

Career opportunities: account, bank teller, bookkeeper, budget analyst, financial planner, insurance sales agent, insurance underwriter, financial manager, and loan officer.


Do you like designing ships and working with tools and machines? The Maritime Academy provides the academic and technical courses needed for successful transition to postsecondary education, careers, and registered apprenticeship opportunities in ship design and ship building and repair.

Pathways in this Academy

Ship Building and Repair
Building and repairing ships is a complex engineering process that relies on technological resources, skilled manpower, and professionals with a wide range of skills specializing in welding, pipefitting, coatings, rigging, and machining. Workers in this field are involved in the design, design approval, construction, and the repairing of ships.

Career opportunities:  fabricator, machinist, marine engineer, mechanics, naval engineer, pipefitter, skilled trades worker, and welder.

Ship Design
Ship designers and naval architects are involved in the design, construction, and repair of ships, boats, other marine vessels, and offshore structures. Ship designers use engineering principles and problem-solving techniques to design ships and their systems. Ship designers work in design, construction and repair, consulting, education and training, marketing and sales, operations, regulation and surveying.

Career opportunities: drafter, engineering technician, industrial engineering technician, marine engineer, naval architect, naval engineer, nuclear technician, project engineer, structural designer, systems engineer, and skilled trades worker.


International Baccalaureate Program is a rigorous college preparation program for motivated, academically focused students. The IB program develops skills emphasized by colleges, including those of research, critical thinking, and writing. IB offers a cohesive overall curriculum with advanced, rigorous courses.  Students accepted into the IB Program participate in the Pre-IB Program during the 9th and 10th grade years and enroll in the IB Diploma Program during the 11th and 12th grade years. Students who graduate with the prestigious IB World School Diploma will earn the Virginia Diploma, the Advanced Studies Diploma, and may also receive college credit for their high school studies.

College opportunities: earn an internationally accepted diploma, recognized by universities worldwide, which serve as qualification for entry into higher education.


Do you enjoy creating structures out of Legos? Are you constantly analyzing how structures are made? Do you enjoy going to the zoo or park? The Academy of Architecture, Environment and Engineering - Governor’s STEM is for students interested in the design and development of structures within a space. In addition, this academy gives experiences to students who are passionate about analyzing, managing, and protecting the Earth’s resources.

Pathways in this Academy

Architectural Engineering
An architectural engineer helps create efficient structures and building systems. Their skill set allows them to draw, render, and model a design. Architectural engineering professionals incorporate other engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, and fire protection, and apply design principles appropriate to the task at hand. Architectural engineers may also specialize in structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning.

Careers opportunities: architect, architectural drafter, civil engineering technician, drafter, estimator, mechanical and electrical engineer, surveying and mapping technicians, and urban and regional planners.

Construction Design
Construction workers work on buildings, roads, and other construction projects. Working with architects and engineers, construction workers help a project come to life. Through a variety of construction-related activities, including carpentry, electrical, masonry, or plumbing assistance, construction workers help to build stronger communities through well-built structures.

Career opportunities: bricklayer, carpenter, construction manager, cost estimator, crane and tower operator, electrician, grounds maintenance worker, masonry worker, material moving machine operator, painter and plumber.

Environmental Studies
Environmental scientists and others working in the field explore the relationships between people and their environment. Whether they are cleaning up contaminated areas, making policy recommendations, working with industry to reduce pollution and waste, creating policy and strategies to combat environmental issues, investigating environmental or health problems, environmental scientists use their knowledge to protect the environment and human health. Environmental scientists may focus their attention on ecosystem awareness, water and air quality issues, managing hazardous materials, or managing forests, wetlands, fisheries, and wildlife.

Career opportunities: agricultural and food science technician, animal care and service worker, biochemist and biophysicist, conservation scientist, forester, environmental consultant, environmental educator, environmental engineer, environmental protection specialist, environmental science technician, public relations specialist, wildlife biologist, and zoologist.


Do you enjoy teaching and tutoring your peers? Does learning new things excite you? Do you believe “knowledge is power”? The Teaching, Education and Learning academy is a small learning community for students interested in developing the academic, social, emotional and physical development of young people.

Pathways in this Academy

Child Development
A career in childhood development ranges from working as a teacher for children under five, a teacher's assistant, or a school counselor. People working in child development typically work to promote language, social and learning skills in children. Professionals in this industry also create safe and healthy environments that support healthy child development, and promote physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development in children from birth to adulthood.

Career opportunities:  after school program director, athletic coach, childcare center director, childcare worker, curriculum developer, K-12 teachers and administrators, non-profit director, preschool teacher, teacher assistant, and youth development counselor.

Education & Training
Careers that involve teaching and education include work in childcare centers, youth service organizations, preschools, K-12 schools, and adult education. This pathway lays the foundation for those interested in teaching. In this pathway you learn the components of instruction, teaching strategies, types of assessments, student learning, and more.

Career opportunities: academic consultant, childcare worker, college professor, curriculum writer, elementary school teacher, high school teacher, K-12 level principal, librarian, media specialist, preschool teacher, professional development coordinator, and school counselor.


Do you have “big ideas”? Are you a creative thinker that wants to improve quality of life? The Academy of Entrepreneurship and Information Design is for students interested in creating their own business, managing business finances, and marketing In addition, this academy offers learning experiences for students who are interested in website development, coding, and website visuals.

Pathways in this Academy

Entrepreneurship and Marketing
Entrepreneurial and marketing careers are available in all business and industries. Making socioeconomic decisions and producing goods and services for consumption are key factors in successful entrepreneurship and marketing. From product marketing to starting a new business, these careers appeal to self-starters who can manage multiple tasks.

Career opportunities: advertising sales associate, economist, insurance sales agent, marketing and communications specialist, marketing manager, marketing research analyst, merchandising manager, professional sales associate, and sales manager.

World Banking and Finance
Sound financial systems are the foundation for economic growth and development in neighborhoods, communities, and countries. Workers in this industry understand banking and financial industries, transfer and growth of money in the financial services system, and the shared prosperity of financial stability.

Career opportunities: banking policy and regulation officer, bank teller, commercial banker, financial advisor and manager, hedge funds manager, insurance agent, investment banker, and loan officer.

Information Design
Job opportunities continue to grow in fields that rely on visual data. Information design specialists use their creative skills and technical abilities to design and build user-friendly, visually pleasing graphics, communication tools, social media, and websites. Designing and creating these tools requires a blend of artistic talent, technical knowledge, business savvy, and people skills.

Career opportunities: animator, desktop publisher, graphic designer, information design specialist, multimedia artist, software designer, and web designer.


Do you enjoy being in front of an audience? Do you enjoy using your body to tell a story? Do you fantasize about alternative personas and realities? Do you enjoy watching television and movies? The On Stage: Performing Arts Academy is for students interested in being actors in theater, designing and constructing theater and stage sets, and becoming a professional dancer.

Pathways in this Academy

Theater Performance
The Theater Performance pathway allows for students to acquire the technical and artistic knowledge and skills necessary for expressive dramatic performance. Students are encouraged to prepare for postsecondary education and career plans that align with their artistic talent.

Career opportunities: acting coach, artistic director, actor, carpenter, choreographer, director, musician, producer, set designer, script writer, singer, stage hand, stage manager, and stunt manager.

Theater Design & Technology
The Theater Design & Technology pathway allows for students to receive knowledge of and responsibility for the safe and ethical use of facilities, materials, methods, and technologies within a dramatic setting. Professionals in this field create large, interactive backdrops and props, and work with sound and lighting engineering and design. 

Career opportunities: art directors, carpenter, costume designers, engineer, industrial designer, interior designer, lighting and sound designer, props designer, set/scenic painters, and special effects make-up artist.

Academy of Cybersecurity, Engineering and Robotics

Do you dream of becoming a Hardware Designer at Apple, an Aerospace Technician at NASA, or a cyber security sleuth? The Academy of Cybersecurity, Engineering and Robotics is for students interested in everything from cars, smartphones, thermostats, gaming consoles, and cyber security. 

Pathways in this Academy

Cyber Security Systems Technology
Once a specialty only associated with government agencies and defense contractors, cyber security now plays an integral role in most industries.  Cybersecurity professionals protect valuable information from cyber breaches in industries such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail. Work in this field includes programming and protecting computer hardware, software, and operating systems, assessing cybersecurity-related threats, and developing mitigation techniques.

Career opportunities: computer and IT systems manager, computer network architect, computer user support specialist, computer systems analyst, electrician, forensic science technician, information security analyst, and security and fire alarm installers.

Cyber Security Software Operations
Specialists in cyber security operations monitor, analyze, and detect cyber events and incidents within information systems and network technologies. Cyber security operational service providers focus on mitigating the risk from malware, Trojans, hackers, tracker, cyber criminals, and all online threats.  Professionals in this field test, deploy, and administer the infrastructure hardware and software required to effectively manage an organization’s cyber security operational services.

Career opportunities: aerospace engineer, aerospace operations technician, computer and IT manager, computer network architect, computer programmer, computer software engineer, computer systems analyst, database administrator, electrician, information security analyst, IT technician, and IT customer support advisor.

Engineering and Robotics
Robotics engineers may work in the agricultural, military, medical, and manufacturing industries, conceiving of new uses for robots, designing improved robots for existing systems, or repairing and maintaining industrial robots. Their work includes designing, developing, building, testing, and maintaining the mechanical and electrical products and systems that are integral components to robots that perform tasks and respond to their environment.

Career opportunities: aerospace engineer, agricultural engineer, automotive engineer, biomedical engineer, civil engineer, drafting and design engineer, industrial engineer, mechanical engineer, nuclear engineer, operations technician, and surveying and mapping technician.

Without manufacturing and production, there would be no products to market or sell. Manufacturing and production is the process of making and producing the food we eat, the books we read, the clothes we wear, the parts for the computers we use, and the technologies that make our cars, appliances, cell phones work. Advances in artificial intelligence technologies have enabled industrial and service robots to work collaboratively with humans to help assemble products across a wide range of industries, from aircraft engines to delicate electronics. This academy pathway focuses on robotic manufacturing and includes producing the product, programming and problem solving, providing quality control, inspecting products for flaws, and ensuring the products meet establish standards.

Career opportunities: assembler, machinist, production planner, manufacturing and fabrication operations manager, mechanics supervisor, packaging and filling machine operator, production and operating worker, purchasing agent, quality assurance manager, skilled trades worker with robotic skills, warehouse supervisor, and welder and cutter.

Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

Do you like hosting parties and events? Do you like helping people enjoy themselves when they are out and about? The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is for students interested in hotel administration, restaurant management, culinary arts, event planning, and travel and tourism. 

Pathways in this Academy

Travel and Tourism
Hospitality and tourism are all about the food, accommodations, and experiences. It is all about tourists, travelling, attractions, and customer service. Travel and tourism professionals create personalized experiences to worldwide travel destinations, coordinate cruise operations, manage business travel, plan an event, organize tour operations, and market and sustain tourism.

Career opportunities: amusement and recreation attendant, concierge, cruise ship director, curator, gaming dealer, information clerk, meeting planner and director, recreation worker, tour and travel coordinator, and transportation security screener.

Culinary Arts
Food is the universal language. Throughout history, every society and all cultures have embraced the ability to uniquely contribute to the variety of culinary processes, creation and preparation of expressive recipes, and the presentation of edible works of art. Understanding nutrition science, restaurant management, food chemistry, and culinary skills prepares you for employment in the hospitality, tourism or recreation industry.

Career opportunities: caterer, executive chef, food concessions worker, food and beverage manager, food preparation worker, horticulturist, host and hostess, personal chef, and restaurant manager.

Academy of Digital Video Production

Do you enjoy designing projects such as video slideshows, animated videos, and video commercials with voice-overs, music videos, GarageBand music beats, smartphone ready videos, and mobile web sites? Then this may be the right academy for you. The Academy of Digital Video Production is for students interested in creating hands-on video and audio animated digital projects.

Pathways in this Academy

Television and Media Production
If you are serious about working in the entertainment world, you need education, training, and experiences in media production. While your ultimate goal may be a producer or director, there are a number of television and media production roles you may play first, including film and video editor, camera operator, talent scout, set designer, sound engineer, screenwriter, writer, and broadcaster. This academy helps you learn all aspects of video production including editing, camera work, script writing, storyboarding, producing, and directing using the school’s television studio.

Career opportunities: associate producer, broadcast engineer, broadcast news analyst, commentator, motions graphic designer, network broadcast engineer, photographer, sound engineer, technical writer, video editor, and videographer.

Digital Video Production
The behind-the-scenes workers are as important to broadcast and video production as the actors and journalists in front of the camera. Using video equipment and associated computer programs allow digital video production workers to create audiovisual productions for television, movies, news media, education, government, businesses, and advertising.

Career opportunities: animator, audio director, camera operator, digital video production specialist, DVD writer, film and video editor, and photographer.

ACADEMY of the Advanced College Experience (ACE)

Do you like the idea of earning a high school diploma and an associate college degree at the same time?  Do you like the idea of saving money on college? Academy of the Advance College Experience (ACE) is designed to provide students with early exposure to the rigors of college level work and allow you to earn college and high school credit concurrently.

Enrollment in the ACE provides an opportunity for qualified high school students to enhance their education by enrolling early in college courses. This allows students to progress toward their next academic goal without having to wait until high school graduation. This innovative approach is designed around the idea that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money toward an associate degree, are powerful motivators for students to work hard and rise to new intellectual challenges.

Rising 9th and 10th grade students applying to the Academy of the ACE must submit the completed application no later than February 9, 2018. All applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Completion of required math courses
    • Rising 9th grade students - Algebra I in middle school with a minimum grade of B
    • Rising 10th grade students - Geometry or high math course with a minimum grade of B
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Passing scores on SOL math and reading tests
  • Essay submission
  • Letters of recommendation (2) and transcript (unofficial or official)
  • Recommendation of the selection committee

The ACE Academy is highly competitive, offering only 100 slots per grade level. As such, it is imperative that families honor all deadlines. Students are advised to work closely with their school counselor and college and career coach to ensure they have the proper foundational courses for their designated track in their schedules each term.

Application Timeline & Deadlines


Hampton City Schools will provide transportation between the student’s zoned school and their academy using a yellow bus shuttle system. Students will arrive by the beginning of the school day on the shuttle and depart by 2:30 p.m. to be shuttled back to the zoned school. Students will be engaged in blended courses (e.g., virtual and face-to- face course) during the last block of each day. Students may also choose to use the HRT Freedom Pass to ride public transportation to and from home and their academy.

School Board Policy (JC)- School Attendance Zones

If a student is admitted to a college/career academy when entering the 9th or 10th grade and attends that school for the full school day, then the student will be immediately eligible for all VHSL activities at the school with the magnet academic program, provided the student is in good standing (grades, attendance, discipline).  If the student is admitted to a school for a magnet academic program when entering the 11th or 12th grade, he/she must sit out 365 days before becoming eligible for VHSL activities.

The Academies of Hampton are small learning communities that empower students through college and career exposure so they can make timely, informed decisions and discover their true passions while earning early college credit and nationally recognized industry certifications. General education content is taught through the lens of their academy while business and community partners provide authentic experiential learning opportunities at every level.

The Academies of Hampton provide college- and career-focused academies that create purposeful learning experiences allowing students to connect career aspirations to their learning environmentsA team of teachers and business partners work together to create learning opportunities that allow students to explore a variety of possible career opportunities, engage in unique learning experiences, and expand traditional learning requirements through a career lens of interest, all while creating a system of support for the student. 

Students begin their high school experience part of a Freshman Academy. During the second semester, ninth graders select a career-themed academy to enroll in as sophomores. In addition to the career-themed academies, students have the opportunity to enroll in one of three accelerated academies: International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced College Experience (ACE) Academy, and the Gifted Enrichment Seminar.

The Academies of Hampton help students to discover and explore college and career opportunities for their futures. The goal is for students to graduate with a ten-year plan that will allow for a smooth transition from high school to postsecondary college and careers.

Each school will have two to three Freshman Academies and four college and career-themed academies to meet the needs of students. While the academies and pathways differ at the four high schools, each school offers pathways from each of the following industry clusters: business and information technology, creative fields, service fields, and technology and engineering. This ensures equitable learning and experience options for the students at their home schools.

A sample High school AoH model chart

The primary focus is helping ninth-grade students begin their educational experience in a Freshman Academy that promotes a successful, effective, and positive transition from middle school to high school. Freshman Academies offer supportive, nurturing environments designed to help students adjust to high school expectations, embrace the routines and rigorous standards, develop strong study skills, and get involved in high school.
The ninth-grade anchor course is Success 101, a freshman seminar course. Success 101 helps students discover and explore college and career options that align with their personalities and interests. The course helps students explore and evaluate a wide range of education and career options and align those options with their talents and interests through college and career awareness activities.

An academy is an opportunity for our young people to learn through a college and career lens of interest. This data-driven model shows academy students outperform their peers with higher grade point averages, increased attendance, and overall improved student performance. Hampton City Schools has embraced this model and wants to ensure all students have the opportunity to the learn and apply their learning within a space that interests them while building a strong foundation for a successful future.

Middle school students will be introduced to the academies and pathways offered at each high school. Ninth-grade students enrolled in the Freshman Academy take a freshman seminar course called Success 101. This course, as well as other experiential learning opportunities, helps students to select the academy and pathway that best fits their interests and potential career aspirations. Parents or guardians will use the Parent Portal in PowerSchool to select their student’s top five academy and pathway preferences.

A pathway is a sequence of courses within a chosen academy designed to help students prepare for a specific career area while meeting the mandatory requirements for high school graduation.

Not necessarily.  Hampton City Schools is preparing students for careers and college with strong 21st-century skills – creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship. The Academies of Hampton focuses on providing students with transferable skills that they can use in whatever pathway they choose in college, careers and in life. The academies help students begin to explore their interests and passions, bring academic courses to life by providing a real-world/career lens to the lessons, and allow students the opportunity to learn by having experiences in their interested career fields.

Tenth through twelfth-grade students will participate in academies organized around themes that support high-demand, high-skill careers in the Hampton Roads region. Students have an opportunity to enroll in one of 16 academies and 44 pathways. Career academy options:

• The Governor’s Heath Science Academy
• Academy of Law and Public Safety
• Academy of Transportation, Analytics, Information and Logistics
• Academy of Media, Arts, and Design 

• Academy of Technology and Engineering
• Academy of Health, Human, and Financial Services
• The Maritime Academy
• The International Baccalaureate 

• The Governor’s Stem Academy of Architecture, Environment and Engineering
• Academy of Teaching and Education
• Academy of Entrepreneurship and Information Design
• On Stage: Performing Arts Academy

• Academy of Cybersecurity, Engineering, and Robotics
• Academy of Hospitality of Tourism
• Academy of Digital Video Production
• Academy of Advanced College Experience

High school students will continue to have advanced learning opportunities, including dual enrollment, advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, and Governor’s School for Science and Technology.  Students eligible for gifted education academic services may also enroll in the Gifted Enrichment Seminar.

Students will have the option to leave their zoned school to attend an academy outside of their zone. Once enrolled in the academy, the student becomes a full-time student at their academy school and no longer attends their zoned school.

Hampton City Schools wants to provide all students with a variety of choices. Students and their families will have multiple opportunities during middle school and the freshman year to learn about the opportunities each high school has to offer. Whether it is parent information sessions, information available on the website, career exploratory programs, or conferences with academy coaches or school counselors, the Academies of Hampton are committed to helping families review all of their options to help them make the best decision for their young person. 

Students from across the division are eligible to apply to any academy; however, students living in the zone of the academy are given priority placement in the lottery process. Hampton City Schools uses a lottery system to place students in academies where the student interest exceeds capacity.

It is important to remember that all pathways provide students with transferable skills, including collaboration, critical thinking, communication, leadership and interpersonal skills. If a student is unable to attend their first choice academy, their interest area can be addressed through the experiential learning opportunities all students in an academy receive. Regardless of the academy, teachers and academy coaches plan industry field trips, job shadowing opportunities, internships and senior capstone projects for students. The experiences allow a student to explore and learn about his or her interest area, while still selecting a pathway offered in the student’s zoned school.

The Academies of Hampton uses a lottery process for academy assignments, except for the International Baccalaureate Program, Gifted Enrichment Seminar, and Advanced College Experience (ACE). The accelerated college preparatory programs require a separate application. 
Parents and students will complete a choice application to highlight their top five academy and pathway choices in sequential order.  For the 2018 – 2019 school, 97 percent of students received their first choice.

The lottery is a random selection process by which applicants are admitted to an academy. Using Parent Portal in PowerSchool, parents or guardians will select the top five preferred academy and pathways for their rising tenth-grade student; this information is used in the lottery process.
Parents or guardians not currently using the Parent Portal and need to set up an account must contact their child’s school counseling office for assistance. Paper copies of the academy choice form are available through the school counseling office for those without access to a computer. 
Once the enrollment period ends, Hampton City Schools will use a lottery data to assign students to an academy and pathway. While students from across the division may apply to any academy, students living in the zone of the academy are given priority placement in the lottery process.  For the 2018 – 2019 school, 97 percent of students received their first choice.

Hampton City Schools will work with all of our students to identify critical information that might help students narrow their areas of interest. Career exploration activities in Success 101 and experiential learning experiences in the freshman academies will help students identify academies and pathways that align with their interests, talents, and abilities. Students will also meet with their counselor to discuss all of the options available to them. Please keep in mind, each academy and pathway provides students with transferable skills, such as creative and critical thinking skills, that benefit the student no matter what career they eventually enter into.

The Academies of Hampton are defined as magnet programs that allow students to attend a school outside of their zoned school. A student entering an academy in the 9th or 10th grade would immediately be eligible for athletic activities at the high school that houses their academy. The young person’s academy school is their full-time school, which includes any extracurricular activities, such as sports. If you have questions about your student-athletes eligibility, please contact the high school athletic director or view School Board Policy JC.

Hampton City Schools has work closely with Hampton City Schools Transportation and Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) to develop two transportation options. Students may use one or both transportation options, depending on their needs and interests. Hampton City Schools will provide a Hampton City Schools shuttle service between the student’s zoned school and their academy school. Students who do not want use the shuttle service have the option of using the HRT Student Freedom Pass. Whether the student opts to use the HRT Student Freedom Pass to get back and forth to the academy, students may wish to use the Freedom Pass as an alternative transportation system for after-school clubs, sports, other school activities, volunteer and job placements, and personal use.

Students will be able to make one change after their 10th-grade year. There will be an application process for academy changes that will consist of evaluating the best interest of the student. If a student would like to make a change, they should visit their counselor to start the process by retrieving a Change Request Form.

This is a student-centered model that focuses on what is best for the student. Counselors and administrators will continue to work closely with dependent students and their families to ensure to students needs are met.  

In addition to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, Academy of Advanced College Experience (ACE) and the Gifted Enrichment Seminar accelerated college preparatory programs; the academies will offer honors, advanced placement, and dual enrollment opportunities. The goal is to increase the number of students taking advanced courses by increasing relevance and rigor in the instructional practices.

Hampton City Schools and the Hampton community know the value and importance of the arts in education and society. Students will have an opportunity to select from a wide range of electives. In addition to providing opportunities for students to pursue their artistic passions, the arts programs will remain an integral part of the educational experiences for our students who choose to participate.

All students will be included on an academy team, and the support structures will be developed and provided to those students who need them. Ultimately, each young person’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) will support their learning and will be implemented to ensure student success.

Academy scheduling is student-driven; elective classes are determined by student requests rather than teacher interest. Recommended electives will be offered to enhance the student’s pathway course sequence, while also having the opportunity to select any global electives offered in the Course Offerings Guide.

Hampton City Schools and the community know the value and importance of learning a foreign language. Hampton City Schools is committed to developing global citizens who can communicate with diverse individuals and communities, and learning a foreign language greatly improves this outcome. Students will be encouraged to take a foreign language. Finally, taking foreign language courses will continue to be a requirement for an Advanced Studies Diploma.

Students will still be able to enroll in New Horizons Regional Education Center courses when those courses do not exist within our division. Hampton City Schools has developed a pre-approval process with NHREC to ensure career interests and goals of the student continue to be met.

JROTC programs will continue to be offered as a global elective.

An academy team is an interdisciplinary learning team that includes: core teachers, Success 101/or pathway teacher, academy counselor, academy coach and administrator.

Career academies bring together a team of teachers and a group of students around a career- and college-theme. The team of teachers includes core and academy teachers. To meet the goal of providing quality academic experiences, while promoting a close and personal, academic learning experience for teachers and students, core teachers will primarily teach classes to students within their academy.  If the Master Schedule demands it, teachers can have specific classes where they teach students outside of their academy team, but the goal is to keep academies classes “pure” (i.e., teachers only teach courses within their academy).

Teachers will be provided with academy team training. The training is designed to build a solid foundation of a team of teachers, a counselor, and principal who are equipped to work together to reach their established goals. Teams develop a mission, team name, colors and rituals, routines, and celebrations.

Teachers in an academy also received training in Project-Based Learning (PBL). Using PBL strategies help teachers design and write transformational instructional units that help students demonstrate mastery by applying content standards to create authentic products. This inquiry-based instructional strategy requires teachers to move away from teacher-led instruction to student-led learning that incorporates real-world problems to help bring the standards to life.

High school administrators and teachers received training in Understanding by Design (UBD). Using the UBD framework helps teachers to focus curriculum writing from how to teach the essential material for the course to assessing understanding and the student’s ability to apply the knowledge.

Hampton City Schools and the community created a leadership and support structure that incorporates a business engagement designed to support the work of the academies. There are tiered levels of support that have led to increased community involvement and support. Business, industry, and postsecondary education and training partners serve on school-based academy advisory boards, district-wide industry partnership councils, and district-level CEO champions.

The Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, City of Hampton, and the Hampton Economic Development Authority have led efforts recruiting, vetting and aligning our community partners to each academy. They will broker the connection between meeting the needs of schools through business and community partners.

In addition, each high school employs an academy coach to work directly with the academies in their building and the community. They are responsible for all contact with the business and community partners, bringing them through the school, and setting up whatever is needed while they are interacting with the students and faculty.


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AoH Steering Co-chairs     
Mary Bunting - City of Hampton  
Jeffery Smith - Hampton City Schools  

AoH Steering Committee Members   
Ronald Bieszczad - Sentara   
Terry Brown - Fort Monroe National Monument
John Caggiano - Hampton City Schools   
Ann Cherry- Hampton School Board
John Dever - Thomas Nelson Community College
Jack Ezzell - ZelTech Inc   
Kathryn Johnson - Alternatives, Inc.  
Mike Kuhns -
AssociationOne, LLC
Glendeline Lee - U.S. Air Force  
Charles Lyon - Northrop Grumman  
William Mann- Peninsula Council for Workforce Development
Robert McKenna- Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Robert McNab - Old Dominion University
Mike Monteith - Peninsula Community Foundation
Gary Roy - Newport News Shipbuilding  

Operating Committee Co-Chairs
Mary Bunting - City of Hampton
Jeffery Smith - Hampton City Schools

Andrea Arnett - Sentara
Ann Bane - Hampton City Schools
Tina Banks-Gray - Peninsula YMCA
Claire Bellecci - Mellen Street Graphics
Seth Black - Hampton City Schools
Cynthia Cooper - Hampton City Schools
Susan English - Thomas Nelson Community College
Phyllis Henry - Hampton School Board
Veronica Hurd - Hampton City Schools
Kathryn Johnson - Alternatives, Inc.
Patricia Johnson - Hampton City Schools
Joe Kilgore - Hampton School Board
Mike Kuhns - Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Carla Mahn - Hampton City Schools
Margaret Mathews - Hampton City Schools
Robbin Ruth - Hampton City Schools
Leonard Sledge - Hampton Workforce Economic Development
Chuck Swaim - Thomas Nelson Community College
Donna Woods - Hampton City Schools
Lisa Wornom-Zahralddin - Peninsula Council For Workforce Development

Tactical Descriptions and Areas of Opportunity
If you would like to join any of the committees below, please click here.

What is a Tactical Team…
Tactical Teams develop and implement the Master Plan and engage the Hampton community throughout the transformation process. 

  • Tactic Teams help to oversee the day-to-day activities associated with the Master Plan and report back to the Steering Committee
  • Tactic Teams allow for cross pollination happens because the chair and vice chair for each Tactic Team sit on the Steering Committee
  • Tactic Teams create shared responsibility with the Steering Committee whom finds resources and removes barriers to facilitate the work of the Tactic Teams

Career Exploration Opportunities
Academies provide a variety of experiences to help students learn about career academy options in their communities. A highly visible one is the career exploration fair or expo, which offers students and their families. Academies create displays that describe their offerings, and business partners may also participate, helping students learn about potential career paths and employment options.

Communications and Marketing
Communication to the community about the plan for transformation and the role of career academies must be an ongoing process. It begins in the earliest stages of developing the master plan through implementation and continuous improvement and innovation. Approaches vary but constitute a marketing campaign aimed at audiences including students, families, employers, postsecondary institutions, and the community at large.

Dual Enrollment
Academies provide students with opportunities for engaging in postsecondary learning opportunities while in high school, including dual enrollment courses and related experiences that award college credit and articulated credit.

Freshman Academies
The Freshman Academy is a transitional program for incoming high school students. Interdisciplinary teams of teachers help freshman academy students develop and practice a range of skills they need for success in school and the workplace. The freshman academy also introduces students to the culture of a career academy and to the career academy options available to them, typically beginning in grade 10.

Parent/Family Engagement
Districts, schools, and career academies use a variety of proactive strategies to build partnerships with families to support their children’s success in school and preparation for further education and careers.

Shared Accountability
The master planning process identifies systems and processes for monitoring tactical plan implementation fidelity and quality and for using indicators and measures for assessing the achievement of intended outcomes, primarily focused on the desired graduate.

Steering Committee
The needs of our local and state economy, along with student interests, will need to be considered when developing additional pathways. The tactic team will examine existing pathways, view these against workforce projects, and suggest priorities for future pathways. If you would like to be considered for the Steering Tactical Team, please contact Veronica Hurd at

Workplace Learning Experience for Teachers
Academies provide all faculty members, academic as well as technical, with a variety of experiences that deepen their understanding of workplace settings, contexts, and requirements—general and pathway­specific—that should be addressed in the academy curriculum.

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