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1 Magnet High School Programs Engage Students in Rigorous Learning Every Day Empower Students to Make a Difference Provide Innovative Opportunities Set Students on the Path to Success

2 A m e s s a g e t o p a r e n t s a n d g u a r d i a n s Dear Parents: Welcome to Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) magnet high schools! Our district offers a wide-range of programs that emphasize specialized themes. This guide will provide you with information about our academically rigorous high school magnet programs, and guide you in choosing a school that best suits your student s educational needs. Our magnet high school programs immediately prepare students to be competitive for college and career. For those students seeking an academically challenging college-level curriculum, HCPS offers three Collegiate Academies, where students can earn an Associate of Arts degree while in high school, and four authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programmes. Students enrolled in both of these programs have the opportunity to earn college credit, potentially saving families thousands of dollars in college tuition. The district is dedicated to Arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Students who excel in the Arts will find themselves immersed in the fields of visual, communication and performing arts at Blake High School. The student who excels in the STEM field will thrive in the advanced program Middleton High School offers. Students are introduced to the STEM field through the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum. Graduates of these programs attend prestigious colleges and universities including Columbia, Harvard, Johnson & Wales, Julliard, MIT, Princeton, as well as the highly respected United States Military Academies. The programs mentioned above are just a sampling of the innovative high school magnet programs we offer. In the following pages there is information on all magnet high school options available. I invite you to explore all of the magnet programs our District offers and find the program for your child. S i n c e r e l y, M a r y E l l e n E l i a S u p e r i n t e n d e n t

3 Table of Contents Steps to Apply... 1 Academy Of Architecture & Environmental Design... 2 Mission To provide an education that enables each student to excel as a successful and responsible citizen Academy Of Health Professions... 4 Arts - Visual/Communication/Performing... 6 Center For International College Preparatory Academies International Business Finance Academy International Law and Criminal Justice Academy...12 Vision To become the nation s leader in developing successful students International Culinary Arts Academy...13 Maritime & Marine Environmental Science Academy...14 Collegiate Academy International Baccalaureate (ib) Pre-Collegiate STEM Academy (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) Academy of Engineering Biomedical-Biotechnology Computer Game Design Academy Computer Systems Engineering Urban Teaching Academy List of High Schools by theme Frequently Asked Questions School Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb April Griffin Sally Harris Carol W. Kurdell Melissa Snively Cindy Stuart susan l. valdes Superintendent MaryEllen Elia Checklist Transcript Request Form The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, or age in its programs, services or activities, nor in its hiring and employment practices. School Board Policy 6.01 ensures equal opportunity for all in its personnel policies and practices.

4 Empower Magnet High Schools Program Criteria What criteria is evaluated for magnet high school program selection? What are the criteria when applying for magnet high school programs? Applications for all magnet high school programs are evaluated on a competitive basis. The criteria includes grades in core Courses (language arts, math, science, and social studies) from 7th grade, grades from the first quarter of 8th grade, a writing sample, high school courses taken in middle schools, and 6th and 7th grade standardized test scores (better of the two) for reading and math. What do I need to know about the writing sample? Students currently enrolled in a Hillsborough County public school take the Mid-Year Writing Assessment administered in eighth grade language arts class in November and this counts as the official writing sample for the magnet high school application. Students enrolled in a charter school, private school, home school or who are not enrolled in a Hillsborough County public school must attend a writing session. For writing session dates, visit or call the Choice Information Line at (813) Students must pre-register for the writing sample. Those who do not pre-register will only be able to write if space is available. Students must be in line prior to the start time. Parents will have the opportunity to attend a Q & A session while students are writing. The session will last approximately one hour. When do my transcripts need to arrive? Transcripts must be turned in with the application for students not enrolled in a Hillsborough County public school. Students who are enrolled in the 8th grade, but did not attend Hillsborough County Public Schools for any part of 6th or 7th grade are also responsible for submitting their transcripts when they apply. Incomplete applications will not be processed. All applications, including transcripts, must be postmarked by December 17, Results will be mailed to families in mid-february For information about the current application deadlines, go to or call the Choice Information Line at (813)

5 Empower Magnet High Schools Steps To Apply Welcome to Hillsborough County Public Schools magnet programs for high school students. As the eighth largest district in the nation, we offer an array of programs to meet every child s interests. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive overview of magnet programs, the application process and frequently asked questions. The chart below will provide you with details on how to apply for a magnet high school program. Students currently enrolled in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) are encouraged to apply directly online. Students not currently enrolled in Hillsborough County Public Schools must submit a paper application and their transcript(s). The paper application and Transcript Request Form can be found online and downloaded. Students currently enrolled in hillsborough county public Schools Students enrolled in a charter school, home school, private school or non-hcps STEP 1 Apply Pre-register for a Writing Session HCPS students who have been continuously enrolled* in grades 6th-8th should apply online beginning november 12, 2014 Attend Information Meetings and school specific Information Sessions Visit for event dates or call the Choice Information Line at (813) One of the eligibiligy criteria is a writing sample. Students must have a writing score to be considered. beginning november 12, 2014, visit for writing session dates, or call the Choice Information Line at (813) Students must be in line prior to the start time. Parents will have the opportunity to attend a Q & A session while students are writing. The writing sample will last approximately one hour. STEP 2 Transcripts Apply HCPS students who have been continuously enrolled in 6th and 7th grade, and thus far in 8th grade, do not need to submit their transcripts. *Students who have not been continuously enrolled in HCPS in grades 6th-8th, must complete and submit a paper application and their transcripts. Download the Magnet High School paper application and submit the application along with your transcripts. november 12 - December 17, 2014 STEP 3 Writing Sample Transcripts All high school applicants must submit a copy of their 7th grade and 8th grade report cards and 6th and 7th grade The Writing Formative Assessment administered in the 8th standardized test scores. grade language arts class in November is the official writing request a transcript sample for the magnet high school application. The transcript request form is found on page 33 or online. application Deadline Date: December 17, 2014 all applications being submitted by us mail must be postmarked by December 17, For future application periods, visit or call the Choice Information Line at (813)

6 Academy of Architecture & Environmental Design Tampa Bay Technical High School 6410 Orient Road Tampa, FL The Academy of Architecture and Environmental Design is a comprehensive and leading architectural magnet program. This program facilitates the acquisition of architectural and design concepts. It orients students to both manual drafting and computer drafting skills. Students will use architectural tools and instruments as well as industry approved software. Students in the Academy of Architecture & Environmental Design learn all aspects of the architecture and drafting industry. Coursework includes Computer Assisted Drafting, Architecture, Mechanical Drafting, Electrical and Mechanical Applications and Design, Landscape Design, and Architectural History. Students core academic choices include a variety of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes. Instruction is facilitated in architecture classrooms furnished with AutoCAD computer software and students will have the opportunity to earn industry certification as an Autodesk Certified User. In addition, students may participate in field experiences and tour various local historical sites to enhance their experience in the program. Learning in The Academy of Architecture and Environmental Design is largely hands-on and project-based. This magnet program facilitates the development of marketable skills to prepare graduates to enter institutions of higher learning. 2

7 Academy of Architecture & Environmental Design Tampa Bay Technical High School 6410 Orient Road Tampa, FL Academy Students... enroll in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. are required to complete four credits in both math and science. will complete a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service at approved locations. must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the Academy courses and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher each semester. are required to complete a Senior Capstone project. Course Sequence Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 English I Honors English II Honors English III Honors or AP Lang English IV Honors or AP Lit Geometry Honors Algebra II Honors Pre Calculus or Trigonometry Honors AP Calculus or Analysis of Function Honors Biology Honors Chemistry Honors Physics Honors AP Physics or AP Chemistry American Government Honors Reading Honors World History Honors US History Honors Economics/Elective Honors Foreign Language I Foreign Language II Elective Elective AP Human Geography Elective Drafting III Architectural Drafting 5 Drafting I Drafting II Drafting IV Architectural Drafting 6 3

8 Academy of Health Professions Tampa Bay Technical High School 6410 Orient Road Tampa, FL The Academy of Health Professions is a comprehensive medical magnet program. Students interested in the fields of Cardiology, Dental Sciences, Medical Laboratory, Emergency Medical Responding, Nursing, Health and Wellness, Radiology, Veterinary Science, and Alternative Medicine benefit from specific coursework and laboratory experiences. Students core academic choices include a variety of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes. Students actively participate in HOSA-Future Health Professionals, a student organization, and have the opportunity to participate in regional, state and national competitions. During their senior year in the Academy, students participate in site-based clinical rotations specific to their field of study. These sites include Florida Hospital Tampa, St. Joseph s Hospital, clinics, physicians offices, and animal hospitals. The site-based clinical rotation is designed to provide the student with a firsthand look at the profession and prepare the student to make informed college and career choices. The Academy of Health Professions facilitates the development of marketable skills to prepare graduates to enter the medical career job market in addition to preparing students for postsecondary education. Graduates, therefore, may begin to work in a medicallyrelated career directly out of high school or work in a medical area while pursuing higher education. All students in the Academy of Health Professions have the opportunity to earn industry certifications prior to or upon graduation. These include: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Responder, Certified Electrocardiograph Technician, Certified Veterinary Assistant, and Certified Personal Trainer. 4

9 Academy of Health Professions Tampa Bay Technical High School 6410 Orient Road Tampa, FL Academy Students... take an extensive range of Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses. participate in various handson and technology-based learning opportunities that prepare students to enter institutions of higher learning. explore medical concepts that are integrated within each academic subject area making the academic subject more rigorous and relevant to the student s goals while translating classroom learning to the real world. culminate their senior year with sitebased real-life medical experiences, working with qualified health professionals in a specific area of medical emphasis. will complete a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service at approved locations. must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the Academy courses and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher each semester. Course Sequence Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 English I Honors English II Honors English III Honors or AP Lang English IV Honors or AP Lit Geometry Honors Algebra II Honors Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry Honors Calculus (AP), Stats (AP) Biology Honors Anatomy/Physiology Honors Chemistry Honors Physics/AP Bio Medical Skills Health Science I Health Science II Medical Specialty I Foreign Language I Foreign Language II Medical Elective Medical Specialty II American Government Honors/ Reading Honors World History Honors AP World History US History Honors AP US History Medical Specialty III/Medical Elective AP Human Geography Physical Education Fine Arts Economics/Elective 5

10 Arts Visual/Communication/Performing Blake High School 1701 North Boulevard Tampa, FL The Visual/Communication/Performing Arts program at Blake High School is Hillsborough County Public Schools premier arts program. This arts program offers students a unique opportunity for in-depth study in the field. The magnet program faculty is drawn from artistic and educational partnerships including professional artists, technicians, and outstanding educators. Blake High School is also home to a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the needs of this extensive arts program with unique features such as four large art studios, multiform theatre, 600-seat proscenium theatre, experimental theatre space, dance studios, computer labs, music rehearsal halls, practice rooms, creative writing labs, journalism lab, and a television studio. The academic program provides a wide range of Advanced Placement, honors, Dual Enrollment, and standard courses, as well as programs for students with special needs. The integration of technology, the arts, and academics is accomplished by connecting theory and hands-on application. The approach encourages the student s competitive edge for college and career opportunities. 6

11 Arts Visual/Communication/Performing Blake High School 1701 North Boulevard Tampa, FL The Visual Arts program provides an opportunity to study painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, digital imagery, photography, ceramics, glass, print making, and mixed media. Students can meet professional artists and engage in art experiences through partnerships with museums and galleries. Students are encouraged to matriculate to Advanced Placement Art History and Advanced Placement Studio Art courses. Students become involved in the exhibition process utilizing Blake s professional art gallery, Gallery 501. The program encompasses art history, current trends, critical thinking and studio experience with specialized equipment within the program curriculum. T he 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. Students explore opportunities and careers in the areas of screenplay writing, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, public speaking, media production and radio broadcasting. A specialized facility is equipped with digital video cameras and TV cameras, recording studio, green room, TV Film studio, and editing room. The program incorporates specialized software for editing films. Creative writing students publish their work in Synapse magazine; journalism students create print and on-line newspapers. 7

12 Arts Visual/Communication/Performing Blake High School 1701 North Boulevard Tampa, FL The Performing Arts program offers a wide array of courses designed to help students develop their skills for expression. The Performing Arts program is comprised of a music, dance and theatre program. The Music curriculum includes programs in Chorus, Guitar, Harp, Band, Orchestra and Piano. The facility offers large ensemble halls, private practice rooms and a piano lab. Through a variety of means, students gain knowledge of music through theory, history, styles, and applied techniques. The curriculum allows training for pursuit of a professional career in music. The Dance program encourages the creative use and development of dance as a medium of expression. The program brings forth the vital aspects of the dancer including creator, writer, interpreter, and arts advocate. Students receive the tools to obtain scholarships to prestigious dance companies, institutions and colleges. Students leave the program with an in-depth knowledge of ballet and modern dance techniques, history, kinesiology, choreography, and production. 8

13 Arts Visual/Communication/Performing Blake High School 1701 North Boulevard Tampa, FL The Theatre program provides a study of Drama, Musical Theatre, Costume Design, and Technical Theatre through the performance of plays and musicals. The Theater program provides a crossroad of creativity, productivity, and technical ingenuity through the study of acting styles, script interpretation, theater history and criticism, technical design, costuming, play writing, stage make-up, and theatrical management. Students are privileged to perform in the school s professional proscenium and multiform theatres, which house specialized sound and lighting equipment. An Audition is part of the application process for the Arts magnet program. Students who meet the academic criteria will be notified of their audition date and time. Students must submit a standard magnet application and follow steps to apply on page 1. Students currently enrolled in a Hillsborough County public school should submit an application online. Students not currently enrolled in a Hillsborough County public school must download a paper application from the magnet website. AUDITIONS 9

14 Center For International College Preparatory Academies Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress Street Tampa, FL The International College Preparatory Academies at Jefferson High School are designed to provide foundations towards successful careers for students in the 21st century global society and economy. All magnet students participate in a rigorous core academic curriculum that includes competitive college level classes such as Dual Enrollment (DE), Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors (H) courses including honors world language courses to prepare them for admission to the nation s top colleges and universities. Internationally themed major courses of study are organized into four key areas: International Business Finance Academy International Law & Criminal Justice Academy International Culinary Arts Academy Maritime and Marine Environmental Science Academy These major courses of study are paired with college-going academic classes. All classes in the program are aligned with an international theme. Students in the Center for International College Preparatory Academies apply the skills acquired through hands-on experiences making graduates competitive in the global marketplace. 10

15 Center For International College Preparatory Academies Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress Street Tampa, FL T he International Business Finance Academy incorporates virtual programs such as Knowledge Matters: Virtual Business Management and Personal Finance that gives students a chance to compete nationally with their peers for additional experiences and scholarship opportunities. Advisors play a major role in 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 the National Academy Foundation headquartered in New York. Student coursework includes management, accounting, international business systems, international finance and law, international markets, banking investments, financial planning, marketing applications and e-commerce. Students prepare for certifications in the Microsoft Office Specialist Bundle and Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash Certification. Upper level finance students maintain a branch of the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union on campus. Students compete for a paid 6-week summer internship in many local financial institutions such as Citigroup, GTE Federal Credit Union, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, among others. Students have the opportunity to compete for Tampa s highly coveted William A. Gregory Scholarship worth more than $20,000 as well as other scholarships. 11

16 Center For International College Preparatory Academies Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress Street Tampa, FL The International Law and Criminal Justice Academy is unique, and incorporates exposure to a variety of legal professions. Students study constitutional law, court procedures, crime scene investigation, and forensic science. They receive handson instruction related to techniques involved in fingerprinting and photographing for evidence collection and international legal systems. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of legal expertise through guest speakers such as local, state, and federal judges; DEA agents; law enforcement personnel; and attorneys. They also participate in various curriculum-oriented field trips. To culminate the program, students in their senior year participate in a weekly externship under the direction of a judge at one of several local courthouses. This externship brings together all aspects of the law and criminal justice experience together offering students a first-hand view of the legal system. Students have the opportunity to earn industry certification in one of the nine areas of interest. Students benefit from partnerships with local law universities, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI. Students are prepared to compete at the local, state, regional, and national levels for awards. Several students have received scholarships to programs such as Florida A & M University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida and several out of state prestigious universities. 12

17 Center For International College Preparatory Academies Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress Street Tampa, FL The International Culinary Arts Academy program at Jefferson High School offers students a hands-on curriculum that compares to nothing else in the district. Students move through the international curriculum from the most basic level to the most advanced level with daily application of their acquired skills. The International Dragon Grille, Jefferson s own international café, is fully staffed, managed, and operated by students. Students in the magnet program create meals, menus, business plans, and full-service dining options for the school staff, attendees at extracurricular activities, and the general public at cost. Students complete this program learning a wealth of information that will assist them in any global program in our society due to the advanced nature of the curriculum, instruction and activities. Students participate in an externship, create a final project, and participate in an on-the-job training program as a part of their studies. Local restaurants in the surrounding international business district share their experiences through externships, presentations, donations, and employment. Culinary Arts is a national growing industry with a stable and successful career pathway that is beneficial to a student s long-term success. Bon Appétit! Jefferson partners with Johnson and Wales University s prestigious Culinary Arts program. Students receive numerous full and partial scholarships from their program. An articulation agreement exists between postsecondary colleges and universities throughout the United States so that high school courses may equate to college credit. Program completers are prepared for certification in National Restaurant and Lodging Association Prostart, Certified Food Manager, Food Service Management Professional and SafeStaff to name a few. 13

18 Center For International College Preparatory Academies Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress Street Tampa, FL The Maritime & Marine Environmental Science Academy prepares students to set sail towards a future in the exciting maritime industry. Using hands-on activities, laboratory research and externship, the program emphasizes career opportunities and prepares students to enter postsecondary education. Students will dive into a wide variety of topics associated with the maritime industry through integrated units of study in their Academy class. With an emphasis on ecological, environmental and marine areas, students will be intellectually challenged through participation in rigorous Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE) and Honors (H) level coursework where, AP and DE are not available. Through partnerships with the Tampa maritime industry, Academy students will be prepared as independent learners and creative problem solvers ready to navigate the challenges of the global community. As the maritime industry continues to grow, graduates will be ready to enter this highly demanding technical field. 14

19 Center For International College Preparatory Academies Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress Street Tampa, FL Below is the course sequence for the magnet programs at the Jefferson High School Center for International College Preparatory Academies, including core academic classes as well as the required magnet academy classes. Additional electives are chosen to meet the needs of individual students in satisfying the requirements of their selected course of study. Since foreign language course completion is mandatory for entrance to colleges and universities, students enrolled in the Jefferson High School Center for International College Preparatory Academies should enroll in three credits of foreign language including Advanced Placement foreign language. Advanced Placement courses and courses such as music, require students to enroll for both terms in the school year. The final courses in each of the magnet courses of study may involve a senior project, portfolio completion, internship, externship, or workplace experience. A student who is accepted into the magnet program is accepted for the entire four-year program. If a student does not maintain a 2.5 grade point average, perform at the satisfactory level on the FCAT 2.0 (grade 10) and the End of Course (EOC) assessments, or is retained at the end of a school year, he/she will lose his/ her seat in the program, be removed from the magnet program and returned to their attendance area school. Course Sequence Grade English Social Studies Math Science 9 English Honors AP Human Geography Geometry Honors or Algebra II Honors Academy Offering**++ Biology Honors Academy Class 1 World Language/ HOPE World Language Honors or HOPE Reading/ Elective Level 4 & 5 students Reading.5 or Speech Level 3 students Reading 1.0/yr 10 English Honors AP World History Algebra II Honors or Trig & Analytical Geometry Chemistry Honors Academy Class 2 World Language Honors HOPE 11 AP English AP US History Trig & Analytical Geometry or AP Calculus or AP Statistics Physics Honors Academy Class 3 Academy Class 4 World Language Honors or HOPE Elective 12 AP English or College English AP Economics/ AP Government AP Calculus AP Statistics, or College Algebra AP Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Physics or other honors science Academy Class 5 Academy Class 6 AP World Language Elective ** Students complete a paid internship the summer prior to their senior year, an externship during school hours, or major project their senior year. ++Most Academy programs offer double classes each year after year two which becomes the students 7th class. 15

20 Collegiate Academy Armwood e Lennard e Leto The Collegiate Academy, located at Armwood, Lennard, and Leto high schools, provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) 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. Students attending Armwood and Leto take classes on the high school campus. Students attending Lennard will have access to attend classes at the SouthShore campus of Hillsborough Community College conveniently located across the street from the Lennard campus. The Collegiate Academy will provide college academic preparation such as selfmanagement of study routines and preparation for assessments; handling the pace and expectations of college courses, and strategic use of resources such as college advisors and ambassadors from local college campuses. Students who successfully complete the entire Collegiate Academy program will have: earned 60 college credits (at no cost while enrolled in The Collegiate Academy), earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College, and the potential to transfer to select Florida colleges and/or universities as a junior. Armwood Lennard Leto US Hwy 92 Seffner, Florida E. Shell Point Road Ruskin, FL W. Sligh Avenue Tampa, FL

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