The Criminal Justice Academy is a four-year high school program structured as a “school within a school.” The intent of the Academy’s courses is to prepare students for both college and careers.
The Criminal Justice Academy is a paramilitary type program modeled after the Sacramento Police Department’s Police Academy. The curriculum is law enforcement focused and coordinated with related academic classes. Academy students are expected to uphold the following standards:
- Maintain an overall 2.0 GPA
- Maintain an 80% attendance rate
- Volunteer 50 hours of community service a year
- Earn 90% of their credit requirements to qualify for graduation
- Wear uniforms once a week and undergo uniform inspection
- Participate in physical training
Students participate in a variety of motivational activities designed to encourage academic and occupational preparation, such as field trips, job fairs, leadership workshops, and academy-wide challenges. Students receive college mentorship each month and have the opportunity to receive college scholarships.
Congratulations to Gabrielle Sanchez-Hernandez, a junior in the Criminal Justice Academy at C.K. McClatchy High School, who was selected to attend the West Point Leadership Experience at West Point Military Academy in New York during June 2019.
Gabrielle is one of four hundred high school juniors who were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants based upon scholastic achievement, athletic leadership, and community service. Gabrielle has a 4.1 GPA, is captain of the girls wrestling team, a member of the National Honor Society, and she participates in track and field as well. Gabrielle says she ultimately hopes to attend college as a cadet at West Point Military Academy.
There are four area high schools with Criminal Justice Academies – John F. Kennedy, Hiram Johnson, C.K. McClatchy, and Grant Union. The Criminal Justice Academy programs at all four schools have resulted in the vast majority of its graduating seniors moving on to college immediately after graduating high school. Their graduation and college attendance rates surpass those of other students at their schools.
Several students from our program have obtained jobs within the Police Department ranging from public service aides and CSI investigators to police officers.
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