Overview of Our Academies

Jackson-Reed High School's academies are small learning communities. They all offer:
  • Faculty and staff who get to know you and become your advocates
  • A chance to meet other students with interests like yours
  • Exciting choices for electives and extracurricular activities
  • Career development opportunities such as internships and shadow days
  • Field trips and community service project
Jackson-Reed High School has a total of 10 academies.  To learn more about each academy, including an overview, its lead teachers and staff, and the required coursework, click on its name below.
Please fill out this form to show your interest in the academies.

Academy Administration

Regina McClure - NAF Director
Brandon Wims - Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Coord.

Jackson-Reed Academies

NAF Night Resources

Please see the digital versions of the resources that were share at NAF Night on September 27th, 2022 including our brochure and presentation. Contact directors Brandon Wims or Regina McClure for any questions or clarity.

Notes on Academy History

The Jackson-Reed community began a school-wide strategic planning initiative in 1994, the result of which was the Renaissance 2000 Plan. The cornerstone of this plan was to offer Jackson-Reed students opportunities to join small learning communities within the school. The objectives of these small learning communities, known as 'academies', are to enhance a student’s commitment to the school, to learning, to improving his or her academic achievement and to preparing for college and career opportunities in a rapidly changing, technological society. The rationale for Jackson-Reed’s Renaissance 2000 Plan was validated in 1998 with the initiation of the DCPS School to Career initiative, which focused efforts in the school to preparing students for future careers. Central to the academy experience are various activities outside of school that include career shadowing and exploration activities, college visits, mentoring, and senior internships.


Calling all contacts and connections!

We know that we have wealth of resources within our Jackson-Reed family, particularly in the realm of professional and career expertise! Academy staff is currently working on building up a bank of work-based learning and enrichment contacts who can serve as guest speakers, field trip hosts, mentors, capstone project judges, etc. If you or someone you know is connected to the following career fields (engineering, info tech, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, graphic design, finance, and AV Audio Production) and has a heart for building career exposure and preparation in our students, please send/fill out this form. Academy staff will follow up with more details.

Tenacity Training

The Tenacity Employability Skills Curriculum centers on the development of three-character strengths: poise, initiative and tenacity. The objective is to train students to adopt and apply these three-character strengths to their own professional work habits.

Students will participate asynchronously in lessons designed to prepare them for the workplace. Please click on each link to review lesson materials and complete the lesson. The lesson activity must also be completed to receive credit.
All lessons in the series must be completed to participate in the career readiness internship opportunities.