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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.

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

Completing The Application Process

Please check your Parent Portal account, as well as your emails, for notifications regarding your child’s application for Magnet, Choice, IB, AICE or Career Academy schools.

If your child has been selected, you will have 10 days to accept or decline your child’s seat through Parent Portal. You must also visit the school to provide proof of residence —unless your child is accepting a seat at a high school IB or AICE program.

The deadline to accept or decline and confirm residence is 4 p.m. on March 19, 2021.

If you do not accept or decline your child’s seat and provide proof of residence, your child will automatically be declined in the system and removed from ALL other school options for which you applied.

If your child is selected and you do not respond, your child will be removed from the acceptance list, as well as all other options for which you applied.

Please note that if your child has a WAITING status for a Magnet/Choice school, this means that your child has not been selected at this time. Your child will remain in the lottery pool in the event more seats open in the future.

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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