Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patty Whang


This capstone project focuses on the impact of high school academies on student success. This is important because high school academies provide students with cross-curricular experiences related to a specific pathway or field they are interested. An evidence-based argument is offered that high school academies provide specialized programs catering to students' interests and career aspirations. These academies provide students with a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that enhances their academic performance and prepares them for college and career readiness. By focusing on a particular subject or field, students receive a high-quality education that fosters their skills and knowledge in a specific area. Additionally, these academies allow students to gain hands-on experiences to succeed after high school. The primary stakeholder perspective chosen were four high school principals and two academic counselors because they are the ones who foresee their respective institutions and how to give their students the best education possible. Three theme options emerged from an analysis of the data and were explored as ways to address the issue presented.