Hillsborough school choices focus on science, the arts, college prep and more

Families can choose magnet schools, academies and attractors during the upcoming choice process.
Students work in an engineering class at Middleton High. where the special programs include the Academy of Engineering.
Students work in an engineering class at Middleton High. where the special programs include the Academy of Engineering. [ Times (2015) ]
Published Oct. 31, 2019

The Hillsborough County school system offers dozens of special programs for families who want to venture beyond their zoned school, with options that include magnets, academies, attractors and partnership schools. The list available for the 2020-21 school year is below. For more information, visit the Hillsborough Choice Options page on the school district’s website.


Arts and environmental studies

• Muller Elementary Magnet

13615 N 22nd St., Tampa;; (813) 558-1355

Students experience the arts while also exploring science and the environment. Arts studies include dance, music, visual art and drama. Students regularly explore science topics through hands-on activities and long-range investigations, making use of an extra large school garden.

Creative science center

• Lockhart Elementary Magnet

3719 N 17th St., Tampa;; (813) 276-5727

Students expand their learning beyond the classroom by exploring robotics, learning about the environment. The Project Lead the Way curriculum adds rigor to every classroom. Community partners are on campus regularly to help students learn about character.

Gifted talent academy

• Lomax Elementary Magnet

4207 N 26th St., Tampa;; (813) 276-5569

Students experience a curriculum aimed at developing all of their talents. School showcases, LEGO and VEX Robotics enrich students’ curiosity and equip them with the ability to tackle and understand any challenge put before them. The school offers instrumental music and takes part in Odyssey of the Mind and the GeoBee Spelling Bee.

International Baccalaureate programs

• Lincoln Elementary Magnet

1207 E Renfro St., Plant City;; (813) 757-9329

Lincoln has received national magnet awards every year for the past 10 years for its engaging curriculum and well-trained staff. The IB curriculum produces a student who is aware of how school subjects fit into the world and how they fit into cultures they have never visited.

• MacFarlane Park Elementary Magnet

1721 N MacDill Ave., Tampa;; (813) 356-1760

This National Magnet School of Distinction was the first elementary IB school in the district. MacFarlane Park develops students who are internationally-minded with strong character; they are aware of what is going on around the globe and seeking ways to make it better.

• Riverhills Elementary Magnet

405 Riverhills Dr., Temple Terrace;; (813) 987-6911

A National Magnet School of Excellence, Riverhills takes advantage of its placement on the Hillsborough River by hosting family events and conducting science experiments with students against a breathtaking backdrop. Students at this IB World School participate in world language studies, inquiry-based learning centers and a consistent worldwide approach to learning.

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Medical and science exploration

• Dunbar Elementary Magnet

1730 Union St., Tampa;; (813) 276-5677

Hands-on investigations and inquiry-based science approaches present students at Dunbar with a rigorous program of study in which they explore all pieces of the medical and science fields. Technology and medical equipment help students to see what it takes to be successful and help others. Dunbar partners with Florida Hospital, the University of South Florida and the Patel Conservatory.

Technology and world studies

• Tampa Heights Elementary Magnet

3719 N 17th St., Tampa;; (813) 276-5405

This National Magnet School of Distinction, housed temporarily on the campus of Lockhart Elementary, uses a technology-rich curriculum to teach students about the world and how they can make a difference. Instruction is offered in world languages and instrumental music. Students take part in Odyssey of the Mind and the Model United Nations.

Visual, performing and communication arts

• Shore Elementary Magnet

1908 E Second Ave., Tampa;; (813) 276-5712

Shore offers dance, acting, graphic design and art for its students all year long. Students benefit from unique community partners in the heart of Ybor City. The school’s end-of-year show captures all of the learning the students experience throughout the school year.


Cultural arts and humanities

• Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 Magnet

802 E Washington St., Tampa;; (813) 233-2333

Rampello brings working parents in the downtown Tampa area closer to their children and immerses students in the cultural and historical richness of the downtown community. This school makes use of a number of nearby partners and resources, including Tampa Theatre, Tampa Museum of Art, Riverwalk and downtown parks.

International Baccalaureate

• Roland Park K-8 Magnet

1510 N Manhattan Ave., Tampa;; (813) 872-5212

Students who enter Roland Park in kindergarten have the ability to experience the rigorous IB curriculum all through elementary and middle school. Students are introduced to subjects using unified themes, becoming critical thinkers with a broad-based knowledge of global issues.


Students at Franklin Middle Magnet practice a piece called "Marches of the Armed Forces" in band class. The Tampa school is one of two single-gender programs in the Hillsborough County school system.
Students at Franklin Middle Magnet practice a piece called "Marches of the Armed Forces" in band class. The Tampa school is one of two single-gender programs in the Hillsborough County school system. [ BORCHUCK, JAMES | Tampa Bay Times ]

Cambridge Honors Institute (New)

• Rodgers Middle

11910 Tucker Rd, Riverview;; (813) 671-5288

Cambridge schools seek to be culturally sensitive, yet international in approach. The goal is for students to develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning while gaining the skills they need for success in college and in their careers. This program will include special opportunities to meet local CEOs and engage in afterschool activities.

Creative science center

• Young Middle Magnet

1807 E Dr. MLK Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 276-5739

Young serves as an “older sibling” to neighboring Lockhart Elementary Magnet. It offers American Sign Language as an elective and features the Project Lead the Way curriculum. Partnerships with the University of Tampa and others help to bring science to life. The school’s science and technology labs help students earn industry certifications and ke ownership of their learning.

Environmental studies

• Dowdell Middle Magnet

1208 Wishing Well Way, Tampa;; (813) 744-8322

The curriculum has many pieces — from studying water samples at the on-site pond, to caring for fish in the in-class estuary, to finding creative ways to reduce each student’s ecological footprint. The program has a partnership with the Florida Aquarium.

Global studies (New)

• Marshall Middle

18 S Maryland Ave., Plant City;; (813) 757-9360

The global awareness curriculum includes world languages, a rigorous academic program and service learning opportunities. Marshall will offer pre-engineering certifications for students in chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering through the school’s robotics program.

International Baccalaureate programs

• Walker Middle Magnet

8282 N Mobley Road, Odessa;; (813) 631-4726

A community of globally-minded students collaborates on ideas for improving the world. The school has been A-rated since 1997, winning national and local awards every year along the way. Students are challenged with a rigorous IB curriculum that features electives such as French, clubs such as Brain Bowl, and seven high school credit courses.

• Williams Middle Magnet

5020 N 47th St., Tampa;; (813) 744-8600

This National Magnet School of Excellence ensures that students recognize the importance of relationships among cultures, nations and communities. Williams boasts one of the largest chapters of the Future Business Leaders of America in the U.S. and has been an A-rated school since 1999. Students will be challenged by a rigorous IB curriculum.

IB Candidate School (New)

• Greco Middle

6925 E Fowler Ave., Temple Terrace;; (813) 987-6926

This candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people through a rigorous academic curriculum. All students living in the Greco Middle attendance area will be part of this program. Students outside the boundary can apply to attend through the school choice application process.

Medical and sports science

• Sligh Middle Magnet

2011 E Sligh Ave., Tampa;; (813) 276-5596

Sligh students find themselves surrounded by the medical field each day. Partnerships with Florida Hospital, USF Pharmacy, Moffitt Cancer Center and others bring expert visitors to campus to lecture, lead experiments and develop skills. Students also visit partners for on-site learning about health occupations, anatomy, nutrition and patient care. They earn first aid and CPR certification and take five high school credit courses.

Single-gender programs

• Ferrell Girls Preparatory Academy

4302 24th St., Tampa;; (813) 276-5608

This all-girls school is dedicated to developing confident, dynamic, educated young women. Every student is equipped with an iPad to enhance and enrich her learning. Ferrell offers afterschool activities and all learning takes place in a college preparatory environment.

• Franklin Middle Magnet

3915 21st Ave., Tampa;; (813) 744-8108

Franklin brings a unique style of learning to its all-boys student body. Every student uses an iPad, and educators balance this technology with character education and other activities. The focus on academic excellence promotes achievement, pre-AP readiness, professionalism, self-confidence and motivation in a stimulating atmosphere that prepares young men for success and allows them to grow as leaders.

South Tampa Academy (New)

• Monroe Middle

4716 Montgomery Ave., Tampa;; (813) 272-3020

This program aims to develop active learners with a global mindset. Students will pursue electives like computer modeling and simulation. Coursework includes high school credit options and fine arts programs. “STEAM for All" will be offered through LEGO, MindStorm, eV3 Robotics, and STEM field trips.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

• Stewart Middle Magnet

1125 Spruce St., Tampa;; (813) 276-5691

As one of the few NASA Explorer Schools in the nation, Stewart's focus is on students who wish to study aeronautics and space. Located near the Hillsborough River, it features top-level technology and science labs and Project Lead the Way as part of its curriculum.

• Greco Middle

6925 E Fowler Ave., Temple Terrace;; (813) 987-6926

The STEM Academy is available to students in all three grades. Students and teachers will remain in the same groupings throughout their time at Greco. The academy features smaller classes, a high school/college prep curriculum with an engineering theme, and an advisory board that forges partnerships with colleges and the community.

Visual, performing and communication arts

• Orange Grove Middle Magnet

3415 16th St., Tampa;; (813) 276-5717

In addition to teaching a full range of academic courses, educators encourage students to work hard at becoming exemplary artists, dancers, musicians and graphic designers. Partners such as the Patel Conservatory and the Arts Council help students sharpen their talents and display them in performances at school and other venues.

• Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts

8113 Zinnia Dr., Tampa;; (813) 671-5110

Progress Village encourages exploration of the arts through performance and engaging electives. Students take part in women’s chorus, jazz or contemporary dance troupes, culinary arts and digital art design electives, among others.


The scene during a fine arts open house at Blake High School in Tampa. The school offers rigorous arts, technology and academic programs.
The scene during a fine arts open house at Blake High School in Tampa. The school offers rigorous arts, technology and academic programs. [ Times (2009) ]

Academy of Architectural and Environmental Design

• Tampa Bay Technical High

6410 Orient Rd., Tampa;; (813) 744-8360, ext. 236

With instruction in topics such as structural design, architectural features, exterior spaces and landscaping, this program introduces students to a myriad of careers related to architecture and the use of space. Areas of study include the history and art of design, manual drafting skills, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), and three-dimensional drafting.

Academy of Computer Game Design & Computer Systems Engineering/Information Technology

• Middleton High

4801 N 22nd St., Tampa;; (813) 233-3360, ext. 225

This program prepares students for the world of video game design and animation. Students practice skills in programming, graphic design, management and 3D modeling. They also earn industry certifications. In the Computer Systems Engineering program, students study the hardware and software of personal computers in preparation for the nationally recognized A+ Certification Exam. Hands-on labs and virtual desktop learning tools help develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. For the latter program, students must have taken and passed Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.

Academy of Engineering

• Middleton High

4801 N 22nd St., Tampa;; (813) 233-3360, ext. 225

This rigorous program employs a pre-engineering curriculum of Project Lead the Way. Courses include Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Civil Engineering/Architecture, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Design & Development. Students use the same 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. To enroll, they must have taken and passed Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.

Academy of Health Professions

• Tampa Bay Technical High

6410 Orient Rd., Tampa;; (813) 744-8360, ext. 236

Thematic, project-based programs in mathematics, science and medical activities serve students with an interest in fields such as cardiology, dental sciences, medical laboratory, ophthalmology, nursing, occupational therapy/physical therapy, radiology and alternative medicine. Mentorships, externships and shadowing at community agencies, businesses and university laboratories also orient students toward careers in biotechnology, biochemistry, bioengineering, agriscience, bioscience research and practical nursing.

Academy of Veterinary Science

• Tampa Bay Technical High

6410 Orient Rd., Tampa;; (813) 744-8360, ext. 236

This program provides students with a rigorous sequence of courses in animal medicine. Courses include animal anatomy and physiology, zoology, breed identification, diagnostic testing, genetics, disease and parasite treatment, surgical preparation, pharmacy, breeding and grooming. Students will work with animals in the school’s lab and through clinical rotations at offsite veterinary clinics, the Florida Aquarium, Suncoast Primate Sanctuary and Bakas Equestrian Center.


• Blake High

1701 North Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 272-3422, ext. 719

Blake is the premiere high school for performing, visual and communication arts located in downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River. In partnership with local mentors, artists, arts organizations and universities, this program provides students with rigorous arts, technology and academic programs. The visual arts program offers instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, digital imagery, photography, ceramics, glass, printmaking and mixed media. The communication arts program encourages and develops the unique voice and talent of the student interested in creative writing, print, broadcast journalism and digital media production. The performing arts program offers an array of courses in music, theater and dance.

Biomedical-biotechnology / scientific research

• Middleton High

4801 N 22nd St., Tampa;; (813) 233-3360, ext. 225

Through Project Lead the Way, students explore concepts of human medicine and are introduced to topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. Through activities like dissecting a heart, students examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body. They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Students must have taken and passed Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.

Business & Finance Leadership Academy

• Jefferson High

4401 Cypress St., Tampa;; (813) 872-5241, ext. 228

This program incorporates virtual programs such as Knowledge Matters: Virtual Business Management and Personal Finance, which gives students a chance to compete nationally for additional experiences and scholarship opportunities. Advisors play a major role in students’ education as members of the Academy of Finance Advisory Committee, which includes partnerships with the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, the University of South Florida’s College of Business-Department of Finance, and NAF headquartered in New York.

Collegiate Academy

• Armwood High

12000 E U.S. Highway 92, Seffner;; (813) 744-8040

• Lennard High

2342 Shell Point Road E, Ruskin;; (813) 641-5611

• Leto High

4409 W Sligh Ave., Tampa;; (813) 872-5300

• Spoto High

8538 Eagle Palm Dr, Riverview;; (813) 672-5423

The academy provides students with an opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree through Hillsborough Community College in addition to their high school diploma. Students will take college courses free of cost (including textbooks) during the school day on one of the three academy campuses. The academy also will provide other types of “college knowledge” such as self-management of study routines and test preparation, handling the pace and expectations of college courses, and strategic use of resources such as college advisors and ambassadors from local college campuses. Students must have taken and passed Algebra I or Algebra I Honors.

Culinary Arts Leadership Academy

• Jefferson High

4401 Cypress St., Tampa;; (813) 872-5241, ext. 228

This program equips students with college-ready, professional skills needed to excel in life. Students move from the most basic level to the most advanced level with daily application of their acquired culinary skills. Students can earn the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement, enabling them to learn the art of cooking and restaurant management. They also can earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification for food safety.

International Baccalaureate programs

• Alonso High (New-Pre-IB candidate)

8302 Montague St., Tampa;; (813) 356-1525

• Hillsborough High

5000 Central Ave., Tampa;; (813) 276-5620, ext. 262

• King High

6815 N 56th St., Tampa;; (813) 744-8333, ext. 281

• Robinson High

6311 S Lois Ave., Tampa;; (813) 272-3006 ext. 244

• Strawberry Crest High

4691 Gallagher Rd., Dover;; (813) 707-7522, ext. 242

The IB program offers a rigorous course of studies for highly motivated students who have the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. Students regularly volunteer around the Tampa Bay area, balancing academic responsibility with civic awareness. All of these programs boast a high percentage of seniors graduating with an IB diploma in addition to their high school diploma. Many have gone on to attend Ivy League schools, the military academies and other prestigious universities.

Law & Criminal Justice Leadership Academy

• Jefferson High

4401 Cypress St., Tampa;; (813) 872-5241, ext. 228

Students choose a law or criminal justice focus. Subjects include constitutional law, court procedures, crime scene investigation, forensic science, international law, criminal law, fingerprinting and photographing for evidence collection. Students also are exposed to guest speakers such as local, state and federal judges, DEA agents, law enforcement personnel and attorneys.

Maritime & Marine Environmental Science Leadership Academy

• Jefferson High

4401 Cypress St., Tampa;; (813) 872-5241, ext. 228

Students study oceanography, marine biology, admiralty law, and port and shipping operations while learning to become college-ready and gaining the professional skills. The program offers honors-level curricula, paid internships, job shadow opportunities, themed field trips, a range of guest speakers, and opportunities to join professional clubs and perform community service.

Urban Teaching Academy

• Blake High

1701 North Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 272-3422

This rigorous, four-year program is for students aspiring to become teachers in urban schools. It includes academic guidance, practical field experience and intensive preparation to be competitive for college scholarships. Topics include public speaking, lesson planning, ethics, educational philosophies, assessment, classroom management, instructional technology and professional dress. Students work directly with college education professors and education students from partner institutions. Successful students will be tracked through college and the application process for employment in the Hillsborough school district.


(Students applying for some of these programs must meet proficiency in math or reading on standardized test scores to be considered for a spot.)

Dual Language - Spanish

• Bellamy Elementary

9720 Wilsky Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 872-5387

• Crestwood Elementary

7824 N Manhattan Ave., Tampa;; (813) 872-5374

• Westchase Elementary

9517 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa;; (813) 631-4600

Students learn in English and Spanish, preparing them to thrive in a multi-cultural society. These programs are offered to English-dominant and Spanish-dominant students, who develop proficiency in their second language while enhancing their first language.

STEM Innovation Hub

• Morgan Woods Elementary

7001 Armand Drive, Tampa;; (813) 872-5369

• Woodbridge Elementary

8301 Woodbridge Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 871-7460

• Town & Country Elementary

6025 Hanley Road, Tampa;; 813) 871-7500

• Dickenson Elementary

4720 Kelly Road, Tampa;; (813) 873-4732

• Alexander Elementary

5602 N Lois Ave., Tampa;; (813) 872-5395

• Cannella Elementary

10707 Nixon Road, Tampa;; (813) 975-6941

• Egypt Lake Elementary

6707 N Glen Ave., Tampa;; (813) 872-5225

• Heritage Elementary

18201 E Meadows Rd., Tampa;; (813) 740-4580

• Hunter’s Green Elementary

9202 Highland Oak Drive, Tampa;; (813) 973-7394

• Turner-Bartels K-8

9020 Imperial Oak Blvd.;; (813) 907-6801

• Benito Middle

10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 631-4694

• Webb Middle

6035 Hanley Road, Tampa;; (813) 872-5351

• Pierce Middle

5511 N Hesperides St., Tampa;; (813) 872-5344

• Leto High

4409 W Sligh Ave., Tampa;; (813) 872-5300

• Wharton High

20150 Bruce B. Downs;; (813) 631-4710

STEM Innovation Hubs provide a feeder pattern for students to receive quality STEM education from elementary age through high school. Students learn through the use of hands-on learning, a constructivist approach to education, and collaborations between science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and career and technical education.

Families from Town & Country have the options of the following pipelines: students from Morgan Woods, Woodbridge, Town and Country and Dickenson elementaries feed into Webb Middle while students from Alexander, Cannella and Egypt Lake elementaries feed into Pierce Middle — all eventually feeding into Leto High. The New Tampa pipeline consists of students from Heritage Elementary, Hunter’s Green Elementary, Turner-Bartels K-8 and Benito Middle feeding into Wharton High.

Academy for Broadcasting and Health Science

• Sgt. Smith Middle

14303 Citrus Pointe Drive, Citrus Park;; (813) 792-5125

Multimedia and broadcasting classes in a modern facility honor students’ creativity, while a health science program serves those interested in science and research.

Performing Arts

• Davidsen Middle

10501 Montague St., Tampa;; (813) 558-5300

Students are allowed to focus on the performing arts through band, orchestra, chorus, dance and the visual arts.

New Tampa Digital Academy

• Liberty Middle

17400 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 558-1180

• Freedom High

17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa;; (813) 558-1185

Digital and tech courses allow students to focus on an area of concentration such as Game Design, Web Design and 3D Animation. The program starts in sixth grade and continues throughout high school.

Academy 2027

• Sumner High

Under construction at 10650 County Road 672, Riverview

In a learning environment driven by the Cambridge philosophy, students and teachers will move together through sixth, seventh and eighth grades. All applications are through the choice system. Academy 2027 students will spend time as a group, largely separated from high school students, benefiting from access to a state-of-the-art high-school level auditorium, athletics facilities and more.

Academy of Finance

• Brandon High

1101 Victoria St., Brandon;; (813) 744-8120

The program is a member of the National Academy Foundation, which offers students a curriculum in financial markets, banking, investments and financial planning. Students will have the opportunity to obtain a paid summer internship, work in the student-led Suncoast Federal Credit Union branch and participate in job shadowing field trips.

Advanced Academy of Film Production & Design

• Spoto High

8538 Eagle Palm Drive, Riverview;; (813) 672-5423

Prepares students for careers in digital media and film creation. They will learn the fundamentals of 3D and digital video creation, including perspective, lighting and rotation, as well as video camera operation, video editing, lighting concepts, audio recording, electronic news gathering, field production, and scriptwriting.

Advanced Placement Scholars program

• King High

6815 N 56th St., Tampa;; (813) 744-8333

Students take Advanced Placement courses taught by specially trained teachers. Students also get a variety of AP courses relating to personal interests and strengths, a program coordinator for increased student attention, special preparation for AP exams, a parent organization, a summer camp program and special recognition at graduation.

Aeronautical Academy

• Robinson High

6311 S Lois Ave., Tampa;; (813) 272-3006

The academy’s relationships with Tampa International Airport, MacDill Air Force Base, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the National Aviation Academy, and aerospace manufacturers create opportunities for students to understand the world of military and civilian aerospace. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit while exploring coursework such as aerospace technology, mission planning and aerospace security.

Aerospace Engineering Academy

• Madison Middle

4444 Bay Vista Ave., Tampa;; (813) 272-3050

Students will use mathematics, natural sciences, engineering and technology through projects and problem-solving activities to develop an understanding of all aspects of flight aerospace and astronautics. Individual leadership and self reliance will be developed through team activities and competitions.

Bioengineering Academy

• Buchanan Middle

1001 W Bearss Ave., Tampa;; (813) 975-7600

Bioengineering is the application of the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering principles to define and solve problems in biology, medicine, health care, agriculture and other fields. This program allows students to explore authentic bioengineering projects and problems while incorporating STEM education in all courses.

Center for Gifted Studies

• Boyette Springs Elementary

10141 Sedgebrook Drive, Riverview;; (813) 671-5060

This program is for students who meet Florida’s gifted eligibility requirement. The center employs a research-supported approach, with the goal of developing talents, providing a broad range of enrichment experiences and providing advanced learning for children based on their interests.

Fashion Technology and Design

• Spoto High

8538 Eagle Palm Drive, Riverview;; (813) 672-5405

The program will help students prepare for careers in the textile industry and develop skills that will ready them for college. The academy works to inspire creativity through rigorous coursework and to foster an appreciation of the history and the future of the fashion design industry.

Fire Science and Emergency Medical Responder

• Strawberry Crest High

4691 Gallagher Road, Dover;; (813) 707-7522

• Jefferson High

4401 Cypress St., Tampa;; (813) 872-5241

The fire science program prepares students for careers as firefighters upon completion of state and national exams. Students learn how to provide initial care to sick or injured people as part of an organized emergency medical services team. The medical responder program provides instruction on how students can administer initial care to sick or injured persons as ambulance drivers and attendants.

Modeling and simulation

• Monroe Middle

4716 W Montgomery Ave., Tampa;; (813) 272-3020

Modeling and simulation has been described as one of the key enabling technologies of the 21st Century. This curriculum provides students with an understanding of the systems, processes and tools used in engineering, science, health care, business, education, training and many other disciplines. Class topics include computer coding, engineering design cycle, Future Cities competition, game theory, basic app development and more.

Junior Achievement 3DE (New)

• Chamberlain High; 9401 North Blvd., Tampa; (813) 975-7677

• Hillsborough High

5000 Central Ave., Tampa;; (813) 276-5620

3DE is a joint venture between Hillsborough Schools, Junior Achievement and the business community. Local partnerships provide relevant case studies geared towards entrepreneurial thinking, project and problem-based learning, and authentic workplace experience.

Pre-Engineering Academy

• Greco Middle

6925 E Fowler Ave., Temple Terrace;; (813) 987-6926

The academy is part of a nationwide effort to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning, and capture the interest of students from an early age. Students can earn multiple high school credits in eighth grade, giving them the opportunity to begin high school in AP credited classes.

Pre-KAPS Academy

• Greco Middle

6925 E Fowler Ave., Temple Terrace;; (813) 987-6926

This is a liberal arts-based honors program designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement coursework at the high school level, specifically for the King High School Advanced Placement Scholars, or KAPS, course of study. Students in grades 6 and 7 are prepared to take eighth-grade honors courses and are invited to participate in visits to college campuses.

Robotics Engineering Academy

• McLane Middle

306 N Knights Ave. Brandon;; (813) 744-8100

Robotics uses electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and bioengineering to enhance the quality of life for humans. Students learn advanced programming and engineering. They remain together for three years, with the same core teachers, fostering growth and camaraderie.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

• Madison Middle

4444 Bay Vista Ave., Tampa;; (813) 272-3050

Tomorrow’s Leaders Academy fosters an appreciation of the concepts necessary to become an effective and strong leader, and helps students acquire the skills needed for higher level mathematics, science and technology.


These schools have developed partnerships between the public and private sector. Proof of employment in the partnership area is a requirement.

• Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School

2202 N Florida Ave., Tampa;; (813) 347-4160

A community school serving kindergarten through fifth-grade students, who are taught to practice Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in every facet of their learning. They make long-term goals, continuously evaluate those goals and share them during student-led parent conferences. All students have a mentor who visits the school weekly during lunch for about 30 minutes, and are exposed to field trips and events involving local business and community partners.

Note: Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 Magnet and Roland Park K-8 Magnet are also partnership schools. They are listed in this guide under K-8 schools.