ACADEMY FOR CULINARY ARTS
AND HOSPITALITY ADMINISTRATION
Students in the Academy for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration have a strong interest in culinary arts and restaurant/hospitality management. ACAHA is ideal for those who would like to pursue a career in those fields, or are interested in the subject material, and seek a well-rounded high school experience. Students are prepared for study in any area by an honors-level core curriculum, augmented by elective options in all facets of food preparation, facility management, customer service, and entrepreneurship.
Students train in a sophisticated culinary facility that rivals professional restaurant sites. The curriculum includes the study of entrepreneurship and business aspects of hotel and restaurant management. Electives in marketing, culinary enterprises, and the hospitality industry are emphasized. Culinary students who are more interested in the business aspect of the food trade industry, rather than in food preparation, can focus on that aspect of study.
Ninth grade students get an overview of the many dimensions of the hospitality industry. The food, beverage and lodging segments of this industry are explored as well as the historical foundations and the many career possibilities of the hospitality industry. Students learn the fundamentals including safety, sanitation, knife skills, soup and sauce preparation.
Tenth grade students take Hotel Management & Culinary Theory and build on their culinary theory principles.
Eleventh grade students take Entrepreneurship/Advanced Culinary/Pastry Arts to learn the basics of an operational theory of hospitality management under the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, and controlling. This course is administered in conjunction with the National Restaurant Educational Foundation's ProStart Management Curriculum. Students will build upon their knowledge and skills to master culinary practices and baking procedures. They participate in Culture & History of the Cocoa Bean project to understand and research the relationship between the history, skills and design techniques; their culmination includes creating an edible showpiece at the annual Chocolate Competition.
Twelfth grade students continue with ProStart - Level Two - Hospitality Management/Advanced Culinary/Pastry Arts/ServSafe and take the final national certification test.
The course of study at ACAHA leads to certification from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. In addition, articulation agreements with universities enable students to receive college credit for some of the core courses in the program. While at the Academy, students have interned at institutions such as the Marriott Marquis, the Inn at Irving Place, Marriott Glenpointe, the New York Hilton, and the Waldorf Astoria.
For students interested in a career in hospitality management, this academy is the best possible preparation for programs like the Hotel School at Cornell. Regardless of the career path ultimately chosen, students from this academy will have The Academies offer the opportunity to participate in competitions, research, internships, math/debate teams, and independent study and receive awards and scholarships.