• The 865 Academies

    Walking across the graduation stage is a tremendous milestone for KCS students, but we also want them to be prepared for what comes next:

    • Enrolling in postsecondary studies;
    • Enlisting in the military; or
    • Finding Employment in a high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand profession.

    KCS worked with Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) to foster a community conversation about college and career preparedness and equipping students for life after graduation. This process was convened and funded by Knox Education Foundation.

  • What's the Strategy?

    This initiative created career-themed academies at all KCS district high schools, known as The 865 Academies. This approach allows our students to:

    • Participate in authentic, work-based learning;
    • Receive opportunities for job shadows and other career exploration activities;
    • Work closely with professionals in their field of interest; and
    • Create stronger connections between classroom knowledge and workplace success.

    Our school's journey with The 865 Academies began in the Fall of 2022 with Freshman Academy for incoming 9th graders. These students explored academy pathways in preparation for choosing an academy in their 10th-grade year.

    Partner With Us!

    Is your business or organization interested in being a partner of The 865 Academies? We have a great team to guide you through the partnership process. Have a school in mind? Contact Bearden's 865 Academy coach today.

    Not quite sure where to start? Fill out our interest form and we will help you get started!

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