- A small learning community (SLC)
- A college-prep sequential curriculum with a career theme
- An advisory board that forges partnerships with employers, higher education institutions, and the community
Teams of teachers (grades 9–12 or 10–12) work across several academic and technical subjects, grouping students into cohorts for these classes and follow a program of study. The advisory board helps to identify a sequential set of experiential components that show students the applications of academic subjects to the career and college field and deliver work-based learning experiences (e.g., shadowing, community service, mentoring, internships, and apprenticeships). While career academies have grown quickly, for the most part, they have spread in a grassroots fashion. Thus, there are many interpretations of what a career academy is and what a high-quality career academy should look like, as well as many instances where the term “career academy” is used to describe other configurations.”
Reseda High School has the Police Academy Magnet as a small learning community within the school. Students wear police-like uniforms with a curriculum which integrates that integrates law enforcement into some courses. Physical training is part of the curriculum each semester for four years. And there is a teaching staff that stays constant for the four years students are in the academy.