Housed within Portsmouth High School are four Career Academies – The Academy for Education, Child Development, and Human Services, The Academy for Visual Arts and Design, The Academy for Media Communications and Digital Video Production, and The Academy for Engineering Design – a Project Lead The Way endorsed program - which are approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by the Rhode Island Department of Education. As RIDE-approved CTE programs these Academies are open to Portsmouth and non-resident students. Non-resident students who are accepted into one of our Career Academy programs become full members of the Portsmouth High School community and are eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities including our award-winning music, art, and athletic programs. Eligible students may qualify to have tuition and transportation covered by their home district.

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Portsmouth High School’s Academy of Education, Child Development, and Human Services is aligned to academic, technical and industry-based standards to ensure a rigorous state approved career and technical education (CTE) pathway. During the second and third year of the program, the students enrolled in the program will experience a variety of internships where they will work directly with children at local childcare centers and elementary schools. Students who successfully complete the program will earn certificates issued by the Rhode Island Department of Education that document that they have successfully completed the trainings titled Foundations for the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards and Developing a Standards-Based Curriculum. They will also be eligible to receive the Rhode Island Teacher Assistant certificates. This pathway provides an introduction to the field of pediatrics and the foundation for careers in education and the field of human services and family studies.


The Academy for Media Communications and Digital Video Production at Portsmouth High School is a Rhode Island Department of Education certified Career and Technical Education program (CTE). The Academy is a unique program that delivers specialized communication and video skills throughout a multi-year sequence of course offerings. In the program’s first year, the students learn foundational skills which are then utilized in the two main pathways of the Academy. The first pathway is Media Communications, which primarily focuses upon writing, directing, and producing video journalism, news broadcasts, and short documentary films. The second pathway is Digital Video Production, which principally focuses upon writing, directing, and editing short narrative films. The Academy is proud to offer students an opportunity to use a state of the art video studio, and to work with industry standard film equipment. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to earn five college credits at New England Institute of Technology.


Portsmouth High School’s Academy for Engineering Design provides students with the opportunity for hands on learning through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) series of courses. The program includes two foundational courses: Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. It also includes several optional/specialized courses that provide students with instruction in specific fields of engineering. The program will culminate with a capstone project course that the students will take during their senior year. Students who enroll in these courses will be exposed to the engineering design process as well as engineering strategies, methods, calculations, and visual representation of design that are used in the various engineering fields. The courses and activities are designed to challenge students with a wide variety of hands-on labs and projects where they will apply the strategies that they have learned to solve problems. This exposure prepares students for future careers in engineering or for the next level of education in the engineering field. Each course provides students with the opportunity to earn up to 3 college credits through our partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology as well as other regional and nationally accredited universities throughout the country. In addition to the opportunity to enroll in all of our engineering courses, students in the Academy for Engineering Design will have the opportunity to enroll in a wide array of AP and college readiness courses as outlined in the program of studies. Our STEM related offerings include 7 AP science courses, 3 AP mathematics courses, and 2 AP computer science courses.


Portsmouth High School’s Academy for Visual Arts and Design is a Rhode Island Department of Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board of Trustees approved program. This rigorous academy is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Students will learn the essential skills that are necessary to be prepared to enter the workforce or pursue a degree in the arts. Students will learn to communicate effectively, solve problems critically, take initiative, and manage their time on projects as well as demonstrate professionalism when they work with peers and industry partners. The students will demonstrate their skills by learning to work with a broad range of materials such as pencil, charcoal, collage, paint, printmaking, digital media, sculpture and product design. At all levels of the academy, the students will develop a global perspective of art history. The students will learn how to document and present their portfolio to art schools. Students will be introduced to and develop relationships with the Portsmouth Artist Guild, the DeBlois Gallery and the Newport Art Museum where they will learn about careers in art history, art education, architecture, museum education, curatorial work, and gallery exhibition. Students will cultivate the interpersonal skills that are necessary to be able to work collaboratively in the classroom setting as well as with industry partners in art, gallery, and museum education. Students will demonstrate applied learning by completing 80 hours of work on an industry project. This project will involve a detailed investigation of specific visual ideas explored through the creation of twelve works of art. Students will be expected to demonstrate their skills and talents through a comprehensive portfolio of artwork that they will present during exhibitions.