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Do you like helping others, social justice, law enforcement, detective work, fire science, teaching others, or child development? The Service Academy is for you.


We, the members of the Jefferson Service Academy, will develop innovative public service professionals by preparing students to be resilient, resourceful and professional members of their communities while fostering a growth mindset.


The Service Academy vision is to prepare students to be college, career, and life ready as they adapt, thrive, and positively contribute to their evolving and diverse communities, employing a service mindset.

Academy goals:

  • Connect academy students to academy-aligned postsecondary education and career experiences aligned to their postsecondary or career goals.
  • Raise and maintain student aspirations through support from trusted academy staff members.
  • Increase student achievement to ensure all students are on track by supporting academic areas of need in core and pathway classes.
  • Increase a sense of belonging and academy identity through implementation of academy-wide activities and events. 

This Academy has three pathways:


Rockford Public Schools has partnered with Rockford University to recruit teachers and build a workforce from its own student body. The Rockford University Education Pathway begins in middle school and continues in high school with an education pathway. Students then enroll in a college degree program through Rockford University. The hope is to continue the program through teacher certification and employment with RPS 205. Then graduates can continue as RPS 205 teachers in a graduate program through Rockford University.

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General introduction to the hospitality industry with a focus on food service, kitchen techniques, customer service, and culinary arts.

Public Safety

Planning, managing and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.


For more information on pathways and course descriptions check out the High School Planning Guide.

Service Academy Contacts


Amanda Shuga, email


Rachele Edwards, email

Service Academy Counselor

Kristy Cummerlander, email

Bilingual 9-12 Counselor

Yenitze Reyes, email

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First page of the PDF file: HighSchoolPlanningGuide_English