The Health Careers Academy (HCa), housed on North­eastern University’s Boston campus, was rec­og­nized as a top high school by U.S. News & World Report in their 2009 America’s Best High Schools rank­ings. More than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states were eval­u­ated this year, and as a bronze medal award winner, HCa is ranked in the top 10% of Amer­ican high schools.

HCa, a Horace Mann Charter School in the Boston Public School system, is a col­lege prepara­tory high school in Boston for stu­dents in grades 9–12 who are inter­ested in exploring careers in the health pro­fes­sions. Founded in 1996 by health pro­fes­sionals working to diver­sify the health work­place, HCa grad­u­ates 100% of its stu­dents each year, and 95% of those grad­u­ates go on to pursue a col­lege degree. More than 80% of the stu­dents at HCa are from a diversed background.

Northeastern’s part­ner­ship with HCa includes hosting approx­i­mately 200 stu­dents in campus class­rooms, libraries and lab­o­ra­to­ries and pro­viding them with sup­port during their high school careers. North­eastern alumni, pri­marily grad­u­ates of the School of Edu­ca­tion, make up 70% of the staff at HCa.

We are truly blessed to be located on Northeastern’s campus as we pre­pare our stu­dents for col­lege,” said Dr. Caren Walker Gre­gory, Head­master of HCa. “We look for­ward to pro­viding our stu­dents with the skills to become pro­duc­tive and pos­i­tive mem­bers of society.”

The 2009 U.S.News & world Report method­ology is based on the prin­ci­ples that “a great high school must serve all its stu­dents well, not just those who are bound for col­lege and that it must be able to pro­duce mea­sur­able aca­d­emic out­comes to show that the school is suc­cess­fully edu­cating its stu­dent body across a range of per­for­mance indicators.”

To learn more about HCA, please visit www​.health​ca​reer​sacademy​.org.