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Career Academies

Career Academies

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Small, personalized learning communities within a high school that equip students with job skills and ready them for success in the workforce. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support.

PCPS Open Enrollment Begins Jan. 4, 2022

Open enrollment at Polk County Public Schools will begin Jan. 4, 2022. Parents/guardians are strongly urged to submit applications by 4:00 pm on Feb. 18, 2022, for priority consideration. However, they still can apply for available open seats until the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

During open enrollment, families can apply for their students to attend a variety of exciting, enriching educational opportunities for students of all ages including:

  • Cambridge AICE
  • Choice Schools
  • Career Academies
  • Pre-academies
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Magnet Schools

Career Academy/Pre-Academy Application Requirements for the 2022-23 School Year

Parents/guardians may apply online through Parent Portal or through a paper application.

For complete application instructions and to view an application tutorial video, please visit

Important: Before beginning your application, please ensure that all student information, including your address, is listed correctly in Parent Portal.  An incorrect address may result in your application being delayed or denied.  To correct your information, please contact your child’s school. If you do not have a parent portal account, please follow the instructions on the Parent Portal page to create one.

High school students that were enrolled in an academy had a higher average GPA than students who are not enrolled in an academy

Approximately 56% of Polk County’s high school students are enrolled in an academy

Polk's high school career academy students earned more Dual Enrollment credit and Industry Certifications than students who were not enrolled in an academy

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