Academy of Health Careers at Lafayette High and Northside High Schools


Prepare for a Career in Health Care

The Health Academy is a program of instruction that ensures students seeking a career in health care have opportunities to meet their career and educational goals and are prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly changing professional world. The program includes: community partnerships with healthcare facilities, clinics and offices, mentors/guest speakers to motivate and encourage students, a "School-To-Career" emphasis that allows students to experience the relevance of education as a means to enter the real world of professional health care, a team-structures faculty that collaborates and presents an integrated, focused curriculum while nurturing personal growth and offering special supports and services.

Course Offerings

Students enroll in the academy as first time freshman in the Introduction to Health Occupations course OR as a first time sophomore in the Introduction to Health Occupations AND Health Science I. Some courses currently offered include: Introduction to Health Occupations, Health Science I, II, First Responder, Forensic Science, Certified Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Internship, Sports Medicine I, II, III, and Basic Emergency Medical Technician. Students have an opportunity to dual enroll with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, South Louisiana Community College, and LSU-Eunice for several of the above electives and core courses. Also, some of the courses articulate to other local and state universities.

Focus on the Future

This  Academy is designed to allow students options in training and study. All students take Introduction to Health Occupations, Health Science I and II. During the junior year, students have the option to choose a specialized career track. Please see the Curriculum Framework (5 year plan) for more information about tracks.

Eligible Students

Students are selected to the Academy through the Magnet Academies application and lottery process ONLY. Students can only enroll in the Health Academy as a first time freshman in the Introduction to Health Occupations course OR as a first time sophomore scheduling both the Introduction to Health Occupations course and Health Science I. In order to be eligible for the lottery process, students must complete and submit the online application, complete the student written essay, submit their January report card posting Math & Science grades of "C" or higher, and attend a mandatory Parent Information meeting. Once students are enrolled in the program, in order to remain eligible for the Academy coursework, students are expected to: maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA, maintain a C average each nine weeks in their required Academy elective course, earn a D or higher in all core classes, have a good record of attendance and discipline, commit to the highest standards of responsibility, honesty, integrity, and reliability, and complete the required courses as deemed by the program.

Pending seat availability, students may choose to attend either Northside High or Lafayette High as the curriculums are the same. 



Application Requirements:

Complete an application at www.lafayettechoice.com/apply (or click the Apply Now button on the left.)

You must complete the
student-written essay/letter of intent portion.

Applicants and a Parent/Guardian MUST attend one required INFORMATION SESSION (dates & times below)

Bring a copy of the student's January report card to the information meeting, showing a "C" or better average in Math & Science.