GJHS Academies

Academy of Design & Technology | Academy of Engineering (Engineering Track) | Academy of Engineering (Drafting Track) | GEICO Academy | Medical Academy | Academy of Legal Studies | Academy of Veterinary Science

Academy Student Survey | Academy Parent Survey | Academy Staff Survey | Business Partner/Advisory Board Survey |
Senior Exit Survey

Academy Application/Enrollment Procedures

  • Current Academy Students: Need not reapply to the Academies (no matter if they are In-Zone or Out of Zone).
  • In-Zone Academy Students: If the student is within their zoned High School and desires to be within an Academy, they will be placed into their desired Academy.
  • Out of Zone Students: Should apply online at polkacademies.com to be considered for an Academy. The window for Spring applications begins on Monday, March 19th at 7:00am and ends on Friday, April 6th at 5:00pm. Parents will receive a response letter by email from Christina Sparr by April 20th.

*IMPORTANT* The Polk County School District is preparing to release official acceptance notifications/invitations for the 2018-19 school year for Polk Career Academies on Friday, March 2nd. This will cover all programs (listed at www.PolkEdOptions.com).

ALL notifications/invitations should be presented to the schools by Monday, March 19th to reserve their spot for the 2018-19 School year

The second application window will be open after Spring Break. Applications may be submitted at www.polkacademies.com.


  • Development of higher-order critical thinking skills
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Business, community, and education partnerships
  • Cultivation of exceptional reading and writing skills
  • Cooperative, project-based and problem-based learning
  • Field trips, guest lectures, and other stimulating activities

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  • Scholarships not available to general academic students
  • Job shadowing experience
  • Hands-on skills training
  • The possibility to earn college credit
  • Eligibility for national certification exam


  • Create a supportive learning environmentEngineering2 copy
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Involve community healthcare leaders and businesses in the learning process
  • Cultivate excellent reading and writing skills
  • Provide the knowledge and skills to enter a healthcare career upon graduation
  • Inspire more graduates to advance to college
  • Improve academic achievement
  • Incorporate technology into the classroomGeico
  • Integrate curriculum between career and academic courses
  • Emphasize cooperative and project bases learning
  • Empower students with a sense of professionalism and individual accountability
  • Recruit a diverse student population

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