Stride Career Prep

With Stride Career Prep, your student can prepare for college and their future career. Available to grades 6–12, this program gives students the opportunity to explore their interests in a specific industry, college major, or career goal.

What is Stride Career Prep?

Stride Career Prep is an innovative online program that combines traditional academics with industry-relevant, career-focused electives—giving students a jump start on their college and career goals.

While working toward their high school diplomas, students can choose from a variety of courses in several high-demand, fast-growing career fields. Teachers provide online instruction that is tailored to each students’ needs.

Stride Career Prep brings students career-oriented clubs and various resources that can help them gain workplace skills and prepare them to take industry-recognized certification exams in their chosen career path.*

Benefits of Stride Career Prep

Our innovative Stride Career Prep program provides early access to potential careers through unique elective courses. Some of our parents’ and students’ favorite benefits of this program include:

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The opportunity to dive into various careers and explore different passions

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Exciting elective courses designed to pique interest

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The possibility to earn college credit**

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Courses related to a variety of the fastest growing professional fields

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Career-oriented clubs to help build soft skills and the foundations of professional success

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Networking opportunities

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Exclusive access to Student Success Coaches for high school students


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Student Success Coaches

High school students participating in Stride Career Prep have exclusive access to Student Success Coaches who meet with students virtually on a regular basis to offer advice and assistance with creating resumes, networking, interviewing, financial aid, college preparation, internships, and more—all with no additional cost.

Our success coaches also host live, interactive webinars that aim to better prepare students for their futures with expert insight and advice on college and career prep. These events are open to all high school students.

View Upcoming College and Career Prep Webinars


Full-Time Option for K12 Private Academy Students

Full-time K12 Private Academy students in grades 6–12 can start thinking about their future with our career exploration courses. As the students enter high school, they can continue their focus with more targeted classes. Students receive instruction that follows a project-based learning model, setting them up to solve real-life problems in a collaborative environment.

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Flexible Option Allows Students to Participate Without Leaving Their Local High School

K12 Private Academy also offers part-time enrollment in our career pathways as a complement to your student’s local high school education. Students can remain enrolled in their own school while taking career-focused electives online at home or anywhere they have an internet connection. Plus, they have access to the Stride Career Prep learning support services including internships, networking opportunities, and career-oriented clubs.

Whether they’re headed for college, the professional world, or both, Stride Career Prep students can gain practical skills and prepare for industry-relevant certification exams, all while working toward their high school diploma in their current school district.

Explore High-Demand Career Fields

Career-focused courses are based on the knowledge and skills required for each career pathway in the following high-demand career fields.

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Learn More from Student Leaders

Select K12-powered students from around the country serve on the Student Advisory Council. They act as peer advisors, as well as brand ambassadors for Stride Career Prep and their schools. K12 Private Academy students are among these outstanding leaders. Learn more about them and their experiences on the Student Advisory Council.


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Take Your Education to the Next Level with Stride Career Prep

If you’re interested in taking your education beyond academics to explore possible career paths while working toward your high school diploma, visit our How to Enroll page to take the next step.

*Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.
**Varies based on the college or university requirements. We recommend contacting your chosen higher education institution to ask about their credit transfer process.

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