Concord High School is the first school in North Carolina to offer a Public Safety Academy. The Academy will develop and guide interested students toward a career in public safety through academics, personal development and in-depth education which will prepare the students to be college and career ready.
Any rising 9th is eligible to join the Public Safety Academy. Students who are admitted to the career academy will begin taking an entry level career/academic cohort class to show the applications of academics in real-world situations. After investigating their career interests and completing an entry level career academy course, students agree to commit to the career academy for the remainder of their academic career.
SkillsUSA is the student organization for law, public safety, corrections and security for the Public Safety Academy, along with other program areas. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.
Academy programming allows students to take traditional high school courses with the addition of approximately one class per semester in the chosen career pathway. Students in our academy programs are still eligible for Advanced Placement (AP) and Career and College Promise (CCP) coursework, as well as athletics, extracurriculars and fine arts programming. Students in the program at Concord High also have the ability to participate in our IB Career Programme (CP), offering the rigorous academic program and well-rounded student development of the IB program alongside their career-oriented coursework.