Criminal Justice and Community Services

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Criminal Justice and Community Services Career Classes for High School Students

Beneath the true crime stories on television are real professionals who work to serve, to protect, and to fight for justice in our communities. Students interested in this kind of work can get a head start through K12 Private Academy’s career classes.

Through a variety of online elective courses, students can gain the knowledge they need to enter the field of their choice. Available career pathways include:

Law Enforcement Career Pathway

Law enforcement may be a good fit for your student if they have an affinity for staying calm in stressful situations and an eye for detail. Police officers, detectives, and FBI agents are a few of the career opportunities. For those who prefer to serve their communities in other ways, they can explore roles as police dispatchers or support personnel for fire and emergency services.

These career courses offer both theoretical and hands-on learning opportunities, so students can discover the fundamentals of criminal justice, gain experience in forensics and criminology, and begin to develop the law enforcement skills needed to protect and serve their communities.

Enrolled students:

  • Gain a strong foundation with the fundamentals of criminal justice
  • Learn the basics of criminology and forensics
  • Develop law enforcement skills to serve their communities

Legal Services Career Pathway

Students who love to debate and explore new ideas with a passion for just and fair causes may find these high school law classes rewarding.

These courses help students explore various career opportunities including defense attorneys or prosecutors, judges, paralegals, and more. Students learn the legal system and become a part of protecting their communities with online legal classes.

Enrolled students:

  • Build a strong foundation with the fundamentals of criminal justice
  • Gain experience in criminology and communication
  • Get introduced to the law and justice systems
  • Attain an inside look at the related careers available

Security and Protective Services Career Pathway

Your student could help play a part in strengthening cybersecurity and preventing data breaches. Within the security and protective services career pathway, high school students dive into the various careers available in this field such as intelligence, cybersecurity, and private protective services.

Students with an affinity for solving puzzles, an interest in thinking logically, and a talent for sensing things out of place may find these courses particularly compelling. Classes cover the basics of criminology, forensics, and criminal justice while introducing various career options.

Enrolled students:

  • Learn the fundamentals of criminal justice
  • Experience the basics of criminology and forensics
  • Get an introduction to available careers such as cybersecurity, intelligence, and other security related professions

What could my future look like in this career field?*


*Data is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated frequently.

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Get Started with Stride Career Prep

From crime scene investigators to attorneys and judges, a career in the criminal justice and community services fields is an exciting opportunity for your high school student. Through Stride Career Prep, your student can discover the skills necessary to succeed in these rigorous careers, learn the concepts and laws behind the systems, and acquire hands-on knowledge that can set them ahead of the curve.

*Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.

**Timing for sufficient exam preparation, necessary prerequisites, and exam fees vary per specific certification. Students should check with their school counselor for details on exam fee coverage opportunities.

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