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Our School

We doubt the critics, reject the status quo and see opportunity in students looking for a unique learning experience. Our campus, faculty and students are driven by optimism. This passion is driving everything that we do at HCAM, and is allowing us to redefine what's possible with education as the only Magnet High School in Hickory City Schools. 

Hickory Career & Arts Magnet is the ultimate approach to high school and offers students hands-on learning opportunities focused on career interest areas.

Students at HCAM may choose from 8 career academies through which they will begin to develop the knowledge and skills of that career while completing all high school requirements.  By the end of four years at HCAM, students can earn a high school diploma, four to five college credits and, in many cases, a career area certificate.

During the first two years at HCAM, students will explore their selected career area while taking core high school classes.  During their junior and senior years, students will spend half of each school day in college courses within their career academy.

HCAM offers students a different high school experience, one where:

  • AP classes prepare students for college. 
  • Career Clusters will prepare students to step into the real world. 
  • Internships will give the students hands on experience in their fields. 
  • The future starts now!