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Downcounty Consortium: John F. Kennedy High School



Academy Programs

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a small learning community that provides highly motivated students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum based on a global perspective. The IB program, within its nurturing environment, offers an internationally recognized course of study that is designed to prepare students for the university experience. Students are encouraged to participate in the Pre-IB courses beginning in Grade 9. The IB Diploma Program begins in Grade 11.

Media Communications Academy

The Media Communications Academy offers students three career pathway programs: Broadcast Journalism, Public Communication, and Creative Multi-Media. Students in these rigorous academic programs develop essential skills in self-expression, inquiry, and critical thinking. Taking advantage of our close proximity to Washington, D.C., students take field trips to see media in action.

Broadcast Journalism Pathway: The Broadcast Journalism Pathway prepares students for careers in television, radio, podcasting and other internet-based media. Students get “hands on” experience running WJFK, Kennedy’s award-winning television station. Students work with career journalists, write new stories, produce shows, and intern with local and national media outlets.

Public Communications Pathway: Students in the Public Communication Pathway prepare for careers as public relations specialists, press secretaries, media directors, speech writers, lawyers, teachers and other advocates. Pathway courses build skills in creative writing, advocacy, and public speaking advocates and as writers.

Creative Multi-Media Pathway: The creative Multi-Media Pathway allows students to develop skills in visual, performing, instrumental, and choral arts. Students prepare for media careers in filmmaking, graphic design, soundtrack production, and commercial advertising.

Health Careers Academy 

Medical Careers Program: The Medical Careers Program is an academic career development program that enables students to explore careers in the health care industry and to skills related to patient care practiced in hospitals and long term facilities. Successful students will receive cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training and certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Physical Therapy Pathway: prepares students for careers in physical rehabilitation and wellness. Students intern with medical offices, hospitals, and health care centers. Students take challenging science and medicine courses to prepare for careers in this field.

Business Management Academy

The Business Management Academy prepares students for careers as leaders in domestic and international commerce. Students will learn how to manage workers and lead companies in a global society. Business Management Academy students gain valuable skills in finance, entrepreneurship, visioning, problem-solving, and productivity.

Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC)

The curriculum is divided into academic studies and leadership development. Academics introduce the historical, scientific, and technical aspects specific to each service. Leadership development concentrates on cadet corps activities, drill and ceremonies, improving study habits and time management skills, developing effective communication skills, and learning sound problem-solving techniques. Available only to students attending Kennedy High School.

Application-Only Programs

Leadership Training Institute (LTI)  

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