• Welcome to the Academies of Tates Creek!



    Welcome to Tates Creek High School!  Our school is rich with tradition and we are excited to offer a new learning experience for our students that fosters relationships and provides them with smaller learning communities.  All 9th grade students are part of the Freshman Academy and students in grades 10-12 choose one of the following for their focus: Business, Entrepreneurship, & Education; Design & Engineering; Medical & Emergency Services; International Baccalaureate/Information Technology.  As we transform our  students’ educational experiences, we are extremely thankful for the support from our families and the Lexington Community as we work together to prepare our kids for their futures. The mission of Tates Creek High School is to prepare all Commodores for college and career success and for service as informed and active citizens with intercultural understanding and respect and the Academies at Tates Creek reflects this daily.


    A Career Academy is a personalized, small learning community designed to immerse students into a career industry.  Students in a career academy benefit from having a mixture of career and academic classes.  The core subjects are taught “through the lens” of the academy; they show students how their subjects relate to the career field.  The career classes are designed to expose students to the full range of careers in that field. 

    Schools partner with local industry professionals to provide students with a variety of work-based experiences, such as job shadowing and internships, that help them develop the skills they will need to be successful.  The career academies were selected based on employment data to better serve the surrounding community with skilled workers.  We used Kentucky Center for Educational Workforce Statistics data, data from student interest surveys, and the list of KDE pathways.

    You can see a detailed list of Academy courses and their descriptions.



    Academies of Lex FAQs:  AOL - FAQs

    TCHS FAQs:

    • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma students will be in the IB/IT Academy. 
      • Juniors and seniors who are taking 3 or more IB courses will be in the IB Academy.
    • Students enrolled in a Tech Center will not choose an additional Academy, but may be "paired" with a similar Academy to acquire core subjects (Math, Science, etc.).
    • Each Academy has required career courses, one per year.