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California Partnership Academies

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The California Partnership Academies (CPAs) are a network of approximately 500 programs supported by competitive state grants in California’s public high schools. Begun in 1985, the CPAs are designed to prepare students for both college and careers. The CPAs are based in the Curriculum, Learning, and Accountability Branch of the California Department of Education.

Please visit the CPA section of the California Department of Education's website for grant and funding information, program resources, and annual reporting requirements.



Finding your way around this website

California Partnership Academies - Distinguished Academies 2016
The California Partnership Academies "Distinguished Academies" have earned this title by surviving a rigorous audit of all program components required by California Education Code sections 54690-54699. The first review for overall program compliance was made on CPA annual reports for the most recent three years, to show both quality and continuity. Programs making this cut were then reviewed for providing additional options to students such as articulation agreements, dual credit, and industry certifications. Once a list of programs meeting these standards was in place, each of the programs on the list were requested to provide the CDE with substantiating materials for review; i.e., class rosters, integrated project curricula, meeting agendas and minutes, and staffing schedules. Finally, each program was visited and reviewed by CDE, CCASN, and/or Lighthouse Academy staff.

Gateways to useful resources: a collection of implementation guides and articles; a toolbox of templates and forms you can tailor to your own needs; Video Vignettes that spotlight exemplary CPAs; a list of Career Academy Support Organizations; archives of our web-based news publications, and more.

Academy Directories
Separate directories for California Partnership Academies and Academies Nationwide that can be searched by state, high school, academy theme, and location. Each listing includes contact information.