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Culinary Science

Are you creative in the kitchen? Do you enjoy working as part of a team?

The Culinary Science Academy prepares students for a career in the restaurant industry while giving the foundation to earn a college degree in a culinary or hospitality industry. Academy students will receive a broad introduction to this dynamic industry through hands-on instruction using ProStart, an industry-directed curriculum. Students will have opportunities to participate in industry-sponsored events and competitions and will receive individual mentoring from restaurant and hospitality professionals.


The industry advisory committee recommends students complete at least two years of Spanish in preparation to enter the culinary industry.


While no specific courses are required as prerequisites, students should seek food service and hospitality work experiences to confirm their career academy choice.


Upon completion of the capstone course, Culinary Academy students will be eligible to take examinations for ProStart and for ServSafe, the food safety and sanitation certification required for entry-level employment.

College Credit

Through a special partnership with Howard Community College’s Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies, seniors enrolled in Advanced Culinary Science and Restaurant Operations (657M) are eligible to be dually enrolled in the threecredit college course, Food Prep I (HMGT120).

With a passing score on the ProStart Examination, Culinary Academy students may be eligible for articulated credit from local institutions including Anne Arundel Community College, Baltimore City Community College, Howard Community College, Montgomery College, Baltimore International College, L’Academie de Cuisine, and Morgan State University. Nationally renowned institutions such as Johnson & Wales, The Culinary Institute of America – Hyde Park (CIA), Cornell University, the Art Institutes International, and Florida International University also award college credit for passage of the ProStart examination. This list of postsecondary institutions awarding credit is always growing. For recently added colleges and universities, please visit the following websites: Restaurant Association of Maryland Educational Foundation ( and the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation (

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.
  • Complete a capstone project integrating culinary skills with knowledge of customer service and business practices.
  • Take Year One and Year Two ProStart Examinations and complete 400 hours of mentored industry experience

Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in the Culinary Science Academy
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required Technology Education required Fine Arts available
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available Elective available Food and Nutrition Technology
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available Elective available Culinary Sciences
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Elective available Elective available Elective available Business Course** or Culinary Internship - 1 credit or 2 credits Advanced Culinary Science and Restaurant Operations