Our Mission

LAYC Career Academy Students DC


LAYC Career Academy engages and empowers young people between the ages of 16 and 24 by providing a college preparatory education, career training in high-growth occupations and/or college-credit classes.


We envision a future in which all youth have a successful pathway to college and careers with opportunities for advancement and become engaged members of the community.


I AM: I am a member of the LAYC Career Academy Community

GRACIOUS: I am humble and appreciative of the opportunities provided for success. I am willing to help others on their journey

RESPECTFUL: I am empathetic to the personal struggles of all whom I encounter: myself, my peers, and my community

EXCELLENT: I perform to the best of my ability at all times, motivated both in and out of  the classroom

AMBITIOUS: I constantly challenge myself to grow personally and professionally, despite what obstacles may arise.

TENACIOUS: I am committed to overcoming any obstacle in my path and determined to achieve high standards in all aspects of my life .

LAYC Career Academy students at work. Our mission at work.


At LAYC Career Academy PCS, we believe that…

…all students can take ownership of their learning and invest in their future.

…all students deserve a clean slate and the opportunity to be a successful professional.

…addressing the distinct learning needs of all students is essential to their academic success.

…empathetic relationships built on trust create a safe environment essential to students’ scholarly and socio-emotional growth.

…a diverse, respectful community empowers students’ identities while supporting equity.