About the NELS Construction & Career Academy

The Construction & Career Academy is a public charter high school established in September, 2002. The school has pathways for students to choose:
  • Construction Technology
  • World of Work
  • Credit Recovery
  • Post-Secondary College options
Our Philosophy

NELS is a public charter high school designed with a specific mission. C&CA caters to students who are interested in the field of Construction Craft Technology, those who are interested in our World of Work program, Credit Recovery or Post-secondary College options. We are part of the Cranston Public School system and are accountable to the same federal and state regulations and standards as other public high schools. 

The Construction & Career Academy is open to all Rhode Island students. We have the capacity to serve fewer than 200 students in grades 9-12. Students apply and are chosen through a blind lottery each year in March. Student enrollment and student/teacher ratio are kept low in order to give the most personalized educational experience possible.


The Construction & Career Academy provides pathways for students who want to  succeed in the classroom and to be prepared for the careers of tomorrow. 

The Academy  provides the following unique opportunities:

  • Construction Career Pathway

  • World of Work Pathway 

  • Dual Enrollment with CCRI

  • Credit Recovery

  • Smaller Class Sizes

  • Career Guidance

  • Employment Preparation

  • School Community Atmosphere