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The 5 Keys for Successful Career Academies

In the late 1990s, NEP set out to discover what all successful and thriving academies had in common. The volumes of available research, numerous interviews, and our own experiences quickly revealed that all successful academies - from 1969 to the present - have five important characteristics in common. These are what today's schools are using as the 5 Keys.

The 5 Keys for Successful Career Academies were first published in 1998. They undergo review and possible revision every five years to remain current and cutting-edge.

The 5 Keys will help you create a solid foundation for the success of your academies. They are adaptable to any setting (inner-city, suburban, rural, international) and useful for all forms of small learning communities (SLCs).
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