The Applications & Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Career and Technology High School for the HCPSS. The ARL offers centralized academy programs in unique content areas with many opportunities for internships and real-world experiences. Business partnerships and advisory boards are pivotal in the success of these programs. Students from all 12 high schools and Homewood may enroll in programs at the ARL. Each Academy is a two-year program, intended for juniors and seniors and bus transportation is provided for students between their school and the ARL, allowing students to participate in all after school, extra-curricular activities. Students use industry standard software technology to study material at an in-depth level and are able to earn industry certifications and college credits while attending the ARL, helping to prepare them for success in college and careers.