Two Goose Creek CISD academies received notification from the National Career Academy Coalition that they achieved Model Status, the highest rating granted, based on the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies. Ratings include Model, Certified or In Progress.

The Health Science Academy at Ross S. Sterling High School and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy at Robert E. Lee High School received recognition for meeting or exceeding proficiency in all 10 areas of the National Standards of Practice, which are endorsed by both the Department of Education and the Department of Labor as a guide to best practice in the implementation of quality career academies.

“This recognition is a result of six years of planning and dedication to implementing the best practices that have been determined nationally by the NCAC,” said Renea Dillon, director of career and technical education. 

The academies at RSS and REL will retain the Model Status for four years and will serve as models for career academies nationwide. Both campuses will be recognized at the national convention in Philadelphia. Goose Creek Memorial High School plans to be reviewed next year, and Stuart Career Tech High School will be eligible the following year, after the first class has graduated.

“It was a joy to participate in the campus visits to be considered as a National Career Academy for both Robert E. Lee High School and Ross S. Sterling High School during the accreditation visit,” said Dr. Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent. “We knew the standards were rigorous but were confident we would be certified as an NCAC site. We only hoped to become Model Academies. I was elated to know that we achieved Model Status and will serve as a tour site for aspiring academies across our nation. I’m very proud of this accomplishment and of the hard work put in by our director of CTE, the campus coordinators and the teaching staff that began this initiative six years ago.”

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