Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Education

School Search: Pasco's choice options include STEM, IB, Cambridge, career academies

The Pasco County school system offers an array of choice programs for families who want to venture beyond their zoned school, with options that include STEM magnet schools, the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate and Cambridge programs, and a variety of career academies.

Online applications for the 2019-20 academic year will be accepted in December for middle and high school programs, and in January for elementary school programs.

For more information on these programs, visit the school district’s school choice page at pasco.k12.fl.us/ed_choice. And check there in December for information on how to complete an online application.

Here is a look at the programs:

AP Capstone

This diploma program from the College Board is based on two year-long Advanced Placement courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world. The program can help students stand out on college applications, become more confident and independent thinkers and receive college credit.

AP Capstone is available at the following Pasco County high schools: Sunlake, Mitchell, Wiregrass Ranch, River Ridge and Wesley Chapel.

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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

This program is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. It teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships, creates a positive peer group for students, and develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination. AVID transforms students into hard working, college-ready candidates who confront challenges head-on. In secondary schools, the AVID elective targets students with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard.

AVID is available at four elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. For a list and more information, visit pasco.k12.fl.us/ed_choice.

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Cambridge program

For more than 170 years, the University of Cambridge in England has been setting worldwide curriculum standards through their examinations. The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). The program offers an advanced, rigorous, hands-on curriculum that gives students the opportunity to graduate with college credit. The program, available at five schools, seeks students with A and B averages as well as good attendance and behavior.

• San Antonio Elementary

32416 Darby Road, Dade City

saes.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-5300

Applicants will be contacted by the school with more information regarding the writing sample that must be completed. All kindergarten students participate in the Cambridge program, but incoming kindergarten students who live outside of the school’s attendance boundary must apply using the Pasco Pathways Application.

• Pasco Middle

13925 14th St., Dade City

pms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352)-524-8400

• Paul R. Smith Middle

1410 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday

prsms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3200

• Anclote High

1540 Sweetbriar Dr., Holiday

ahs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3000

• Pasco High

36850 State Road 52, Dade City

phs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-5500

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Career programs

These schools within schools, part of Pasco's Career Pathways program, offer students a chance to gain knowledge and skills that could improve their employability after graduation. Students who want to attend a career academy that is not at their zoned school must contact that program and apply there. After that, they must file a school choice application in December. Some academies may be at capacity and not able to take on more students. For academies marked with an asterisk (*), contact the school for program details.

• Anclote High

1540 Sweetbriar Dr., Holiday

ahs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3000

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities. Course topics include anatomy, physiology, health science foundations and nursing assistant.

• Cypress Creek Middle High

8701 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel

ccmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346-4400

Academy of Business Management*

Academy of Criminal Justice*

Academy of Engineering*

• Fivay High

12115 Chicago Ave., Hudson

fhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-4000

Academy of Health and Emergency Services: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health occupations field. Participating students receive industry certifications, participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Criminal Justice: Teaches skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the law, public safety and security.

• Gulf High

5355 School Road, New Port Richey

ghs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-3300

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health occupations field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Gaming, Simulation and Design: Working with the latest technologies, students will encounter the fast-paced world of computer games, 3D and animation, designing and developing game concepts and assets. A production-focused environment brings theory and practice together, with students able to use their ideas to develop working games and prototypes.

• Hudson High

14410 Cobra Way, Hudson

hhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-4200

Academy of Aeronautics-Aviation: The academy's mission is to create a strong, rigorous, seamless aerospace and aviation learning continuum aligned to higher education and the workforce.

Academy of Veterinary Assisting: The academy's mission is to educate students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the animal industry. Students may be eligible for Gold Seal/Bright Futures scholarships.

• Land O' Lakes High

20325 Gator Lane, Land O' Lakes

lolhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-9400

Academy of Culinary Arts: Students develop career skills in basic food preparation, personal productivity, safety and sanitary work procedures, commercial tools and equipment, nutrition and work ethic.

Academy of Agritechnology: Prepares students for further education and careers in agriculture, food and natural resources.

• J.W. Mitchell High

2323 Little Road, New Port Richey

jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-9200

Academy of Business Management: Program of study includes business administration and technology courses. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership qualities, management strategies, critical thinking skills and effective communication skills.

Academy for the Medical Arts: Prepares students for employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

• Pasco High

36850 State Road 52, Dade City

phs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-5500

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Building Construction Technology: Builds a collaborative environment for students through partnerships with employers, the community and higher education. Students study technical design and electricity.

• River Ridge High

11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

rrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-7200

Academy of New Media and Communication: Offers an advanced look at how social networking, mobile communications, interactive media and multimedia reporting can be most effectively used in news organizations. Students also learn the logistics of reporting for electronic media and receive extensive experience in the technical side of video production, photography and digital publishing.

Academy of Engineering: Introduces students to the scope, rigor and field of engineering. They explore engineering technology systems and learn how engineers use math, science and technology to benefit people. Students who complete the program are eligible for Gold Seal/Bright Futures scholarships.

Academy of Teaching*

Academy of Business Management and Analysis*

Fine Arts and Musical Entertainment Academy*

• River Ridge Middle

11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey

rrms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-7000

Academy of Engineering: Provides an advanced rigorous and relevant curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math.

• Sunlake High

3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O'Lakes

slhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346-1000

Academy of Aeronautics and Aviation: Provides a rigorous, aerospace and aviation learning continuum aligned to higher education and the workforce.

Academy of Finance: Introduces students to the broad career opportunities in the financial services industry. Students receive a well-rounded education in general business and finance principles, employability skills, and on-the-job training.

Academy of Robotics: The study of robotics captures all four legs of STEM while a competitive environment increases motivation and desire to succeed. Students study areas including foundations of robotics, robotics design essentials and robotics systems.

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

• Wesley Chapel High

30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

wchs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-8700

Academy of Digital Video Production: Students learn practical skills in recording and editing video.

Academy of Automotive Technology: Prepares students for further education and careers in automotive technology and consists of four required areas of study for program certification: suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, and engine performance. Students who complete the program are eligible for Gold Seal/Bright Futures scholarships.

• Wiregrass Ranch High

2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel

wrhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346-6000

Academy of Medical Professions: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

• Zephyrhills High

6335 12th St., Zephyrhills

zhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-6100

Academy of Aeronautics/Aviation: Provides a rigorous, seamless aerospace and aviation learning continuum aligned to higher education and the workforce.

Academy of Criminal Justice*

Academy of Health: Prepares students for initial employment or post-secondary training in the health care field. Students receive industry certifications and participate in clinical training opportunities.

Academy of Building Construction Technology*

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International Baccalaureate programs

The IB program focuses on developing students' strengths academically and as caring global citizens. Students are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning. Many who graduate with IB diplomas go onto do well in college. The program is available in different levels at four schools.

• Pine View Elementary

5333 Parkway Blvd., Land O'Lakes

Pves.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-0600.

The Primary Years Programme offered through the IB Organization provides an engaging and challenging curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 5, including Spanish instruction. All students who live in the attendance boundary for Pine View Elementary participate in the program.

• Pine View Middle School

5334 Parkway Blvd., Land O'Lakes

Pvms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-4800

All students who live in the attendance boundary for Pine View Middle participate in the IB Middle Years Programme. Students from outside of the boundary who want to attend must complete the Pasco Pathways Application.

• Gulf High

5355 School Road, New Port Richey

ghs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-3300

• Land O' Lakes High

20325 Gator Lane, Land O' Lakes

lolhs.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-9400

The IB program at Gulf and Land O’ Lakes high schools offers high-achieving, high-performing students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous program of study that can earn them college credit and result in a full Florida Bright Futures scholarship. Separately, the IB career-related program at Gulf High can lead to apprenticeships or employment after high school. Students must apply using the Pasco Pathways Application. Requirements include Algebra 1 completion in middle school, a 3.0 GPA, proficiency on writing and math samples, above-average performance in core classes and state tests, and a clear school behavior and citizenship history. Applicants will be reviewed holistically, so an applicant who doesn’t meet all criteria should not be discouraged from applying.

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Infinity Academy

Teachers and students work together to create an educational plan tailored to each student’s needs and areas of interest. Students can work individually, in pairs or in larger groups, or with teachers. Each student is a part of a house with a leadership team and mentors, and each will receive his or her own laptop computer to take home. Students have the freedom to work ahead and explore topics of interest. But they will also follow a pacing guide and meet individually with teachers weekly to discuss progress. The ideal Infinity Academy candidate is motivated, independent and ready to learn.

• R. B. Stewart Middle School

38505 Tenth Ave., Zephyrhills

rbsms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-6500

• Paul R. Smith Middle School

1410 Sweetbriar Drive, Holiday

prsms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 246-3200

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Pasco eSchool

Available to all students in grades K-12. For students in grades K-5, Pasco eSchool offers free enrollment in a full-year program that features innovative curricula. Students and learning guides receive instruction from teachers who use the latest technology. Students from sixth through 12th grades may enroll part- or full-time. Any public school, private school, charter school, or home education student located in Pasco County is eligible to apply.

15144 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill

eschool.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 346.1900

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STEM programs (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

The program at Bayonet Point and Centennial middle schools is designed for inquisitive students who enjoy exploring and learning. It integrates an advanced STEM curriculum to ensure that students develop a strong, diverse foundation. Teachers provide a variety of learning activities, including whole­ group and small group lessons, and activities in which students will engage in individually, in pairs, and in groups. Some activities will involve computers, others will not. Teachers act as facilitators of learning, tracking each student’s progress to ensure they receive what they need. All Bayonet Point and Centennial students who live in the schools’ attendance boundaries participate in the magnet theme. Those who live outside the boundaries must apply using the Pasco Pathways Application process.

• Bayonet Point Middle

11125 Little Road, New Port Richey

bpms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-7400

• Centennial Middle

38505 Centennial Road, Dade City

cenms.pasco.k12.fl.us

(352) 524-9700

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STEAM programs (Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)

This program at Sanders Memorial Elementary adds an "A" for the arts to the STEM magnet, ensuring that students develop the creativity and critical thinking skills necessary to flourish in all fields. In addition to the arts, the program integrates STEM subjects into the entire curriculum to ensure a strong, diverse foundation for students. Students must apply through the Pasco Pathways application process.

• Sanders Memorial Elementary

5126 School Road, Land O'Lakes

smes.pasco.k12.fl.us

(813) 794-1500

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Technical education

Wendell Krinn Technical High, along with Marchman Technical College, provides students in West Pasco access to 14 technical education programs, including auto collision/repair, biomedical sciences, commercial art, computer systems, cosmetology, culinary arts, cybersecurity, digital cinema, electricity, HVAC, marine service, robotics and welding. In addition, Wendell Krinn students have access to more dual enrollment courses on campus through Pasco-Hernando State College than any other high school in Pasco County. Students must meet eligibility criteria and must apply through the Pasco Pathways application process.

• Wendell Krinn Technical High School

7650 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey

wkths.pasco.k12.fl.us

(727) 774-3900

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