Helping students help themselves since 2004

CADI’s Mission is to provide the necessary education and resources to the over-age, under-credited population and to prepare them for a productive life after graduation.

The Career & Academic Development Institute (CADI), opened its doors on September 7, 2004, and is an accelerated alternative high school located in Philadelphia, PA. The school was developed as a cooperative effort between OIC of America, a non-profit organization, designated to serve the community with the mantra of “Helping people help themselves,” (founded by the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan), and the School District of Philadelphia.

The school provides transitional services both academic and developmental to a myriad of students of diverse backgrounds, with many being from low-income and underserved communities. The school population includes 150 students ranging in age from 16-21 who are at least one year behind in credits for their age.

Program Design/Model

Our school is primarily teacher-based with certified instructors who teach engaging courses in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, and Art. When deemed necessary, some credit-bearing courses are computer-based.

In order to graduate, each student must acquire the School District of Philadelphia’s designed 23.5 credits, complete a senior capstone course, and have performed 60 hours of community service. Additional partnerships and particular courses offer opportunities for students to earn industry certificates and paid internships.

Our counselors also provide additional programming and individual student support services to ensure post-secondary success.