Chantilly Academy classes provide unique experiences for students

Sophia Landeryou, staff writer

Chantilly Academy gives students the opportunity towards successful post-secondary and higher education. It also gives students life skills that will be relevant in their careers. Chantilly academy offers classes in Engineering and Scientific Technology, Health and Human Services, and Trade and Industry, with an added emphasis on STEM education.

Students can also earn their dental and cosmetology licenses. For example, in the Academy’s Cosmetology II class, students become certified as licensed cosmetologists and nail technicians. This certificate provides the opportunity for students to get a job at a salon right after they finish high school.

Another program at the academy is the dental career program. Students love this course because they get to learn clinical skills that are necessary to perform as a dental assistant. These skills are then practiced in an office simulated setting. Second year students may be certified in dental radiology safety and elect to participate in internships. The certifications include workplace readiness skills and radiation health and safety exams.

Students can also participate in a course on criminal justice.  They learn skills that are useful in the field of law enforcement, including methods of detainment, police procedure in active shooter scenarios, and criminal law.  Gregory Alfeo, a junior, told the Sentinel that he chose to get involved in the criminal justice program because he eventually wants to become a police officer.  “It’s really cool.  Right now I’m doing a project where I have to get in touch with a state trooper in New York and interview them.  It’s a really special opportunity for me.”  

Not only does the Chantilly Academy program expose students to diverse experiences and enable them to earn certifications and licenses, it also allows them to gain college credits at James Madison and George Mason Universities. More than 80% of graduates attend college or post-secondary educations.  These programs are available at no cost to students or their families.