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In Duval County Public Schools, we believe that choices are a good thing. Our students are encouraged to hone in on their unique skills by exploring a range of educational options. Remember, take your time deciding, and don’t feel overwhelmed; we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Honors [C]

AP Honors is an acceleration program for learners whose goals include achieving at a high academic level throughout their high school experience. The program combines a series of rigorous, nationally recognized Advanced Placement core courses with the enrichment of the honors curriculum. Students who successfully complete AP Honors courses and excel on the College Board’s AP Examinations may earn college credits in a variety of subjects before they graduate high school. The AP Honors program prepares students to succeed in learning environments inside and outside the classroom.

Agricultural Biotechnology Academy [M]

The Agricultural Biotechnology program teaches students how to use science to increase effectiveness of living organisms. The program begins with a course in Agricultural Science and progresses to Agricultural Biotechnology. Emphasis is on cellular biology and genetics as well as current trends and methods in biotechnology and the application of valid scientific principles.

Automotive Academy [M]

ASE instructors prepare students for college and careers in the automotive industry. Students are eligible for on-the-job training, mentorships and internships. Students train in an advanced facility that includes a computerized diagnostic laboratory and gain real-life experience by training in a facility that serves the public. The Automotive Academy includes Automotive Technology, Marine Technology and Collision and Refinishing. Students are prepared to receive Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification.

Aviation Academy [M]

The Aviation program offers dual enrollment through Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) for Air Traffic Control and Pilot Technology. Students gain a foundation to earn pilot licensure and the ability to pursue Automation Production certification through the Federal Aviation Administration. The Automation Production program focuses on manufacturing, robotics and engineering. Aviation Management prepares students to pursue a career in aviation maintenance.

Business and Entrepreneurship [C]

This program offers relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and business and entrepreneurial careers; provides technical skill proficiency; and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills and knowledge. The content includes but is not limited to communication skills, forms of business ownership and organizational structures, supervisory/management functions and skills, business law concepts, leadership skills, business ethics, cultural diversity, insurance awareness, governmental regulations, human resources management issues and career development.

Cambridge Secondary 2/AICE (Advanced International Certifcate of Education) [M] [C]

The Cambridge Secondary 2/AICE program is an internationally recognized, rigorous, pre-university curriculum and examination system for motivated, academically oriented high school students. Sponsored by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), AICE offers a flexible broad-based, two-year curriculum for upperclassmen. The Cambridge Secondary 2 course of study is prescribed specifically for grades 9 and 10 and prepares students for the AICE Diploma program in 11th and 12th grades. Students take a minimum of six advanced courses from three study areas: Mathematics and Science; Arts and Humanities; and Languages. Students who earn six examination credits are awarded the AICE Diploma upon graduation.

NOTE: Students who accept early placement in a Cambridge AICE Program forfeit any other application submitted for the magnet lottery or choice. Students who decline an AICE invitation may still apply for other programs through the magnet lottery or choice lottery.

Coastal and Environment Sciences [C]

ACES is a program that emphasizes the importance of the environment and learning about how humans affect and effect their surroundings. ACES also focuses on preparing students for opportunities beyond high school.

College Preparatory [M]

The College Preparatory program offers students a highly advanced academic program in grades 9-12. The curriculum offers college-level courses which afford students the opportunity to earn not only a nationally recognized high school diploma, but also course credit at hundreds of colleges and universities. Curriculum options include Honors, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses. Teachers prepare students for post-secondary education by replicating the college experience now. Students receive a well-rounded experience which includes special interest activities and sports.

College Prepatory/Medical Arts  [M]

The Medical Arts Honors program offers a rigorous academic curriculum integrating professional medical standards throughout. The program uses a cohort model of small grade-level groups and offers students the opportunity to share collectively and to build relationships with all members of their cohort and their teachers. The curriculum is an Advanced Placement Honors program offering a minimum of nine AP courses in all core academic areas with an emphasis in science. Students are academically prepared for a collegiate path to graduate studies in the various fields of professional medicine. Graduates completing the full curriculum earn an “AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars” designation.

Communications Academy [M]

Students prepare for industry certification in a wide range of fields offered through the “Adobe” industry certification program, and are also eligible for on-the-job training through internships. The Television Production program includes a state-of-the-art production studio, digital editing, computer imaging and digital sound. Commercial Art includes training in vinyl and computer graphics, comic illustration and advertising design. Web Design students produce websites using Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop.

Construction Academy [C]

The Construction program is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of challenging and rewarding careers that are vital to our economy. This academy is designed to help meet the need for qualified construction professionals in the community. Areas of study available to students are carpentry and masonry, CAD drafting, plumbing and pipe trades.

Cosmetology Academy [M]

Students learn all aspects of cosmetology in a modern, fully equipped salon open to the public. Upon completion of required hours and services, the student is eligible to become a licensed cosmetologist in the State of Florida. Hours, services and curriculum are mandated by both the Department of Education and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. All students are encouraged to prepare for the cosmetology licensure. Certifications in Nail Technology and Esthetics are also available.

Criminal Justice Academy [M]

The Criminal Justice program emphasizes community service officer training. The training allows high school graduates to seek employment while they continue their education at a community college or university to become law enforcement or probation officers. The training is also a significant head start for those students interested in law or social work. The Public Safety/Criminal Justice Academy is the only program in the state that certifies the high school student as having met the requirements for a Florida Class “D” unarmed security license. The successful student also receives a vocational certificate in criminal justice and American Red Cross certification in first aid, CPR and AED.

Culinary Arts Academy [M] [C]

Students who graduate from the Culinary Arts Program can receive certification in ProStart and ServSafe; both are industry standards. Students operate a full-service restaurant that is open to the public. Students cook, bake and serve while studying the front and back of the house. Students must purchase a chef jacket, pants, chef’s hat and shoes which are required attire. Graduates may continue their training at the college level or a culinary institute.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Academy [M]

This program is a Certified National Career Academy providing students with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) dual enrollment, Department of Children Certification (40 hours and Early Childhood Education Professional Certificate), CPR and first aid training. Students are prepared to achieve state certification in infant and toddler, preschool, school age and special needs. The student’s education is enhanced by hands-on experience in Peterson’s onsite childcare facility that serves the community. Students may participate in an on-the-job training program to earn class credits. Field trips, speakers, community workshops and job shadowing are also offered as student enrichment.

Early College [M][C]

The Early College Program and the Early College High School blend high school and college courses to provide a rigorous, yet supportive, program that allows students to gain their high school diploma while offering an opportunity to obtain an AA degree upon graduation.

This tuition-free program provides students access to a higher education during their high school career, without losing the chance to participate in traditional high school activities. In grades 11 and 12, students are enrolled at Florida State College at Jacksonville and attend classes on one of several campus locations. Admission to this Early College Program is by application only and based on an academic rubric. For consideration, applications must be submitted directly to the school.

EX.C.I.T.E. (Expediting Careers in Teacher Education) [C]

The EX.C.I.T.E. Academy starts students on a path in education by providing them with the skills, training and instruction needed to facilitate a crossover into their own post-secondary education. The academy also supports students in becoming confident, proficient and dedicated to the mission of learning.

Finance/Legal Professions [M]

The Finance and Law programs balance preparation for post-secondary education and for the workforce. The Finance program provides students the opportunity to learn about and prepare for college careers in business and finance which include banking and credit, personal finance, financial planning, economics, stocks, bonds, insurance and automated accounting. The Law program prepares students for careers as attorneys, paralegals, police officers and other law-enforcement careers. Programs include criminal and civil procedures, citizens and the law, public speaking, legal research and contemporary issues. Practical experiences, specialized courses, mentorships, guest speakers and business partnerships offer a preview of the day-to-day worlds of the office and courtroom.

Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management [C]

This program offers a sequence of courses that align challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career areas. The content includes but is not limited to: the global supply chain, the logistics environment, safety principles, quality control principles, work communication practices, teamwork-workplace behavior and problem solving, supply chain computer systems, supply chain life cycle, product receiving and stocking, product order processing, product shipment, safe operation and use of equipment, inventory control, safe handling of hazardous materials, customs process/free trade, modes of transportation (air, sea, truck and rail), dispatch operations, routing and tracking operations, and customer relations.

Health Career Academy [c]

This Medical Academy model offers a career and academic pathway in health and medical sciences. The center functions as a small learning community within the school and integrates academic classes with life skills lessons. Students actively engage with area businesses, colleges and medical mentors throughout the high school experience. The Medical Academy provides its students with the skills and experience necessary to attain entry level jobs in health, medical and related fields. It also provides academic preparation to continue training through clinical experiences, community colleges and university programs.

Health Sciences Academy [M] [M]

The Health Sciences program provides students with rigorous academic training, complemented by real-world experiences in area hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers and other health care agencies. Students gain hands-on experiences in careers from each of the health career clusters: therapeutic, diagnostic, health informatics, support services and biotechnology and research. The programs offered are Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, Health Unit Coordinator, Electrocardiography (EKG) Aide and Allied Health Assistant. Upon completion of the core requirements, students are eligible to take the State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examinations.

Information Technology [M] [M] [C]

The Information Technology program provides students with the opportunity to prepare for post-secondary study and for entry into business or information technology careers. The curriculum includes core academic, dual enrollment, business and information technology classes. Courses of study may include computer maintenance, programming, network maintenance, computer applications, website and Internet/Intranet development. Students have an opportunity to participate in job shadowing and internships, on-the-job training and competitive events. After successful completion of one of the programs of study, students are prepared to take the A+ Repair Exams, the Microsoft exams, Adobe exams or other industry certifications.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) [M] [C]

IB is a rigorous, internationally recognized pre-university course of study for highly motivated students. The curriculum is designed to promote intellectual and personal development. The emphasis on analysis and application of skills prepares IB students for success in higher education and employment. The aim of the program is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. Students wishing to apply to this program must meet the application eligibility criteria and apply directly to the school.

NOTE 1: Students who accept early placement in an IB Program forfeit any other application submitted for the magnet or choice lottery. Students who decline an IB invitation may still apply for other programs through the magnet lottery or choice lottery.

NOTE 2: For Paxon and Stanton  Invitations to apply for IB were mailed to eligible students in October 2012. Students who accept placement in the IB program cannot transfer to the college prep program. If a student wishes to exit the IB program, the student must return to the attendance area school. The only exception to this policy is for students who were eligible for program continuity from a feeder middle school program.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship [Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC)]

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) is designed to build better and more productive citizens, strengthen character, teach responsibility and acquaint cadets with the aerospace age. The program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all they do. Students are prepared for college entrance and are provided information on careers and life after high school. Students also learn how to start and operate a business as part of the entrepreneurial studies associated with this program.

Leadership and Miltary Sciences [Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC)]

The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) takes a military preparatory school approach to learning. The focus is developing good citizens and preparing them for further education. The program stresses academic excellence, respect for authority, developing self-esteem, accountability and leadership. It promotes citizenship, discipline, patriotism and a strong work ethic. Students explore career opportunities offered by the various Armed Forces branches with extensive emphasis on preparation and opportunities for entry into institutions of higher learning. Cadets learn and develop their leadership skills and application of military courtesies and customs.

Engineering Academy [M]

The Engineering Academy is an academic honors program that gives students many opportunities in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. This program is housed in a state-of-the-art facility which includes a robotics lab, two engineering labs, research science labs and a CAD lab. Students participate in core classes that incorporate engineering, science and architecture. Hands-on instruction promotes success in students’ honors/AP courses as well as their electives. The program specializes in preparing students for college majors in all engineering disciplines, focusing on electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, and research sciences including environmental, forensic, biological, physical and chemical. The program at Lee High School was named a National Model by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC).

TV Production and Journalism [C]

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for initial employment as television production operators, television broadcast technicians, camera operators, all other professional/para-professional technicians, video recording engineers and audio recording engineers. The content should include, but is not limited to, communication skills; leadership skills; human relations and employability skills; safe and efficient work practices; and preparation to assume responsibility for overall production of television studio activities including: scripts, lighting, shooting and directing, electronic news gathering and field production.

Visual and Performing Arts  Dedicated Magnet [M]

The high school visual and performing arts program is located at a state-of-the-art campus where each graduating class consistently accrues millions of dollars in scholarships to colleges, universities and conservatories for their achievements both in the arts and academics. Unique and intensive arts programs include majors in creative writing, dance, film, guitar, instrumental music, performance theatre, piano, technical theater, visual arts and vocal music. These are combined with rigorous academic courses to provide students the opportunity to receive a top-notch education. A successful audition is required for acceptance to this nationally recognized, award-winning high school.

NOTE: Students who accept placement at Douglas Anderson after a successful audition forfeit any other application submitted for the magnet or choice lottery.

Visual and Performing Arts  School within a School Program [C]

This program provides rigorous training in the arts and correlates with a variety of academic programs including AP, AVID, dual enrollment and AICE. It provides a comprehensive and sequenced program of study in the four disciplines — dance, instrumental music, vocal music and visual arts. Open auditions are held during the spring.