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Academy Applications are taken on an on-going basis. 


The Academy at Westlake High School would like to thank the Cook family for their generous donation to the program in memory of their son, Chandler-A 2013 graduate of the Academy Program                         


In Memory of
Chandler Cook




The Academy at Westlake High School

The Academy Program is a California Partnership Academy combining high quality academic instruction with work-based learning experiences. Students will focus on preparation for post-secondary and career opportunities in Digital Media Arts.

The Academy is a unique "school within a school" led by a team of enthusiastic and innovative instructors who plan together to create an integrated curriculum that focuses on the career theme of Digital Media Arts for students in grades 10-12. Participating students are offered a more specialized and personalized high school experience through this program. All courses are taught at a College Prep (CP) level by Westlake High School teachers on the Westlake High School campus. Academy students are also members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the world's largest Business Career Technical Student Organization. FBLA offers projects and competitions that relate to the elective courses taught in the Academy program to allow students to showcase their knowledge and skills. 

9th grade (pre-Academy) courses: Programming 1 OR Computer Graphics (these classes are open to all students, although students who wish to join the Academy in 10th grade are highly encouraged to enroll in one of these courses).

10th grade courses: English 10 CP*, World History CP*, Introduction to Digital Media* 

11th grade courses: English 11 CP*, US HistoryCP*,Creative Digital Media*       

12th grade courses: English 12 CP*, Economics/Government CP* , Advanced Digital Media*   

*These classes will only have Academy students enrolled in them. All other courses will be taken with the general population.

The California Partnership Academy, a Career Technical Education (CTE) program, prepares students for Career and College readiness. Students who complete the Academy program will fulfill the requirements to apply to a 4-year college or university and will also have the skills necessary for entry level careers and additional post-secondary job training.


The  2015 Senior Academy class hosted WHS Alumni and Academy Advisory Member Tracie Karasik 

who shared her college and professional experiences. Karasik owns TLK Multimedia