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.


Career Academy Application Information

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year closed on January 12 at 4 p.m. and no further applications will be accepted at this time.

PCPS is currently processing applications and will begin sending their invitations on Monday, March 8. Parents will receive notification emails, and they can also check Parent Portal.

If you have questions related to career academies, please call Diane Young, (863) 519-8438 ext. 816

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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