What is a Career Academy?
A Career Academy combines an academic curriculum with an occupational theme through the career and technical courses, and provides a student with a program of study.
Partnerships with community members and local businesses help strengthen the real world experience of a Career Academy. Students enrolled in a Career Academy may have more opportunity for college credit, on the job training and to earn certifications appropriate to the career field.
Where do I apply?
The application can only be found on the Parent Portal during the Open Enrollment window.
If I am an in-zone student, should I apply to a Career Academy?
No. Please speak with the Guidance Office at your students school to inform them of your student’s desire to be in an academy at your zoned school.
Should in-zone students apply online for a Middle School Pre-Academy or High School Career Academy?
No, please speak with the School Counselor at your school to inform him/her of your desire to enroll in an In-Zone Career Academy.
How are Career Academies and School-Based Enterprises related?
A School-based Enterprise is a business within the Career and Technical Education Program.
For example, the iMAG Academy students at Lake Region High School run a graphic design and marketing business.
Can a Middle School Pre-Academy or High School Career Academy student participate in other school activities such as clubs and sports?
Yes! Any student enrolled in a Career Academy may be involved in as many school activities as he/she chooses. Being a vital part of the school community is as important as being a vital part of the Career Academy.
What is "Industry Certification"?
Industry Certification is a certification that is recognized within the industry of the career and technical program. Earning an Industry Certification can provide students with employment opportunities upon graduation that may not be available to other students.
An example of an industry certification is the Adobe Certified Associate (Photoshop or Illustrator), which is certified by Adobe Systems.
How do college and career majors relate to Career Academies?
The state of Florida requires students to identify their Major Area of Interest upon enrolling in the 9th grade. A student who enrolls in an academy will identify the academy’s career field as their career major.
How will I know if my student’s application is accepted?
All responses will be on Parent Portal by February 15th. The applicant has 10 days to decide which school of choice (if accepted to multiple sites) and confirm decision.
Does PCPS provide transportation for out-of-zone Career Academy students?
No. Transportation is the responsibility of the family.
Why should I join a Middle School Pre-Academy or High School Career Academy?
Students will be part of a small learning community which will share their interests and desire to learn about a specific career field. Students will be taught by teachers with expertise in the career field and excitement to engage learning. Joining a Career Academy can also provide opportunities that may not be available to other high school students such as post-secondary articulation and experiential learning with local businesses.
Do I need to re-apply every year?
No, you do not need to reapply if you are already enrolled in a Career Academy.
Do Career Academies have prerequisites?
Some Career Academies may have prerequisites that must be met before a student is eligible for acceptance.
Do Middle School Pre-Academy or High School Career Academies offer scholarships?
Most Career Academy students will have the ability to earn the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award, which is part of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. For more information about how to qualify, students should see their School Counselor.
What is "Articulation"?
Articulation is earning college credit through participation in a high school program. For example, a student in an Early Childhood Education program may earn 6 hours of college credit at Polk State College for completing the program at his/her high school. Some articulation agreements require students to pass a specified test or provide a portfolio of work.