• Career Academy* #854

    Phone: 410-396-7454

     Principal: Gus Herrington

     Web Site: www.baltimorecityschools.org/854

     Grades Served: 11 and 12

     Uniform Description: There is no

     uniform, but students should wear

     attire in accordance with the Baltimore City

     Schools dress code outlined in the

     2014-15 Code of Conduct.

     Enrollment (2013-14):121

    Bus Lines: 3, 11, 27, 13, 61

    Career Academy Profile



    The Career Academy has a 30 year history of providing educational and occupational learning options to Baltimore City Youth ages 16-21 years.

    Career Academy is a partnership comprised of Baltimore City Public School, Mayor Office of Employment Development, Woodstock Job Corps Center, and Baltimore City Community College which are the primary partners. However we also have other partnerships that render other supports to our students such as leadership, Mentoring, Testing and Application assistance, Internships and Certifications.


    (Civic Works/ AmeriCorps, Veterans Administration Hospital, Morgan State University, Coppin State University/Comcast, Black in Government (BIG), Maryland Educational Opportunity Center (MEOD), Wide Angle Media, and Art With A Heart.)

    Baltimore Public Schools is responsible for academic and college readiness.

    The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development is responsible for career, training, and employment development.

    Woodstock Job Corps is responsible for on- site Business Technology Trade and advance training.

    Baltimore City Community College allows Career Academy students who take the Accuplacer and test at 100 level to take a three credits course paid for by them, this also include books for the course.  The student is still enrolled at the Academy, but getting the college experience and attaining college credits which will appear on their college transcript.

    We have a slot level of 103 students that can be admitted into program

    At the Career Academy students are able to attain there High School Diploma in two ways.  The first way is by satisfying all the Maryland State Department of Education requirements needed for graduation.  The second is, General Education Development (GED).

    Recruitment Practices

    The majority of our students come from BCPS Office of Student Placement.  Many of these students were at risk of leaving the system for a myriad of reasons:

    ·         Aging Out

    ·         Left behind ( grade level)

    ·         Teen Parents

    ·         Juvenile Offenders

    ·         Physical and Emotional Issues

    ·         Dysfunctional Home

    ·         Transient Lives ( unstable living arrangement, moving from other districts and state)


    Our target population is Biltmore’s neediest youth and young adults, whose family members are often either unable or unwilling to offer support.

    Students are also referred to the program by other city agencies such as the Department of Social Services, Department of Juvenile Justice, and programs such as WE Imagine.  We have had generations utilizing the services of this program and we have been successful.  So they refer other participants to the program.

    We attend community information fairs and meetings, and Ecumenical Assemblies (churches).

    We hand out and place youth appealing literature in resource areas.

    We utilize website space on both BCPS and MOED websites.

    ·         The program is designed for students from low income families

    ·         Students are required to take a pre- test called the TABE Test.  They are tested in reading and math. We ask that the student have at least a ninth grade reading, ninth grade math level as indicated by the TABE.  Not achieving this score on the test doesn’t preclude the student from being accepted into the program.

     Key Student Support Strategies

    ·         We conduct upfront interview to assess the needs of the student and to try to make sure that the program can meet the needs of the student.

    ·         Every student start with a program orientation so they are made aware of the program offerings.

    ·         The Parent, Student, and Administrator signs off on an agreement stating we have had a conference reviewing the student records, and that they understand all of the expectations of the program.

    ·         Develop a positive relationship with the student and parent.

    ·         Periodically contact the parent to discuss the student’s progress, behavior, and attendance.

    ·         Formal and informal mentoring by staff.

    ·         We have monthly celebrations (award assemblies). At this celebration we reward the student for different achievement with certificates, caps, jackets, T-Shirts, pens, notebooks, backpacks, etc.

    ·         Give students wake- up calls

    ·         Make daily telephone calls to students who are absence and late

    ·         Text massage students

    ·         Send attendance letters home to students with poor attendance

    ·         Make home visitation

    ·         Have personal conferences with parents and students when the student is absent for long periods of time.

    ·         We attend court dates to support students (testifying on their behave)

    ·         Write letters of support to Department of Social Services.

    ·         Set up job interviews, college visits, clinic appointment etc.

    ·         Students are taken on cultural enrichment trips (plays, museums, and other state attractions)

    ·         Academic Instruction, Alumni Participation, Job Fairs, Customized Training Opportunities Military Recruitment Presentations, Job Leads, Resume Updating, College Registration Assistance, Academic Tutoring,Test Processing, Referrals to other academic programs, Referrals to One – Stop Career Centers for Placement Assistance


    School Data

    ·         Enrollment

    ·         Attendance Rate

    ·         Graduation Rate

    ·         The number of students the enter Post Secondary Education (College/Technical School)

    ·         The number of students that get Advance Training

    ·         The number of students that get jobs

    ·         HSA results

    ·         TABE results

    Grades Served

    ·         We service students that are coded as juniors and seniors by BCPS. We also service students that are seeking their High School Diploma by way of GED that meet the entire eligibility requirement. 

    ·         The past three (3) years the enrollment has been over 100 percent the overall attendance have been 78 percent and the graduation rate have been 97%

    Things Career Academy does to support at risk students

    ·         Internships (paid and unpaid)

    ·         Job Shadowing

    ·         Job Readiness Training

    ·         Dress for Results (Impress/Success)

    ·         Assist student to find Employment and Training

    ·         Attend Job Fairs

    ·         Have Motivational speakers, College, Military, and Technical School recruiters come and present to CA students

    ·         Take students on college tours

    ·         Assist student in applying to college

    ·         Assist student with FAFSA application

    ·         Evert student that is a part of Job Corps partnership receives all the benefits of Job Corps (Medical, Dental, Stipends, Weekly Bus Passes, and Clothing Allowance)

    ·         Assist students in attainment of Vital Records

    ·         Assist students in getting advance training

    ·         All students receive a resume and a job seeking plan

    ·         All students will Pre and Post TABE test to measure academic grow

    ·         On Staff Career Academy has both a Psychologist and Social Worker to aid student where and when needed.



    Course Offerings

    APEX – Online Courses                                            

    English I        Biology

    English III      Music

    Spanish I       Geometry

    Spanish II      Biology

    French I

    French II


    Traditional Instructional Courses

    English II                                            Algebra I

    English IV                                           Algebra II

    American Government                        Physics

    U.S History                                         Chemistry

    World History