Polk Career Academies are small, personalized learning communities within Polk County’s public middle and high schools. Each academy is supported by a local advisory committee, specially-designed college-prep curriculum and strategic partnerships with employers, the community and higher education institutions. Students who enroll in Career Academies benefit from rigorous and relevant education that gives them a head start on the career path of their choice. From electrical engineering to sports medicine, there are more than 80 specialized academies, many of which direclty tie into the key industries driving Central Florida’s economy today.



Academy of Design and Technology – George Jenkins HS Cyber Security Academy – Winter Haven High School
Academy of Digital Productions – Traviss Technical College Engineering Technology Career Academy – Ridge Community
Academy of Engineering – George Jenkins High School Gause Academy of Converging Technologies – Gause Academy
Academy of Industrial Education and Manufacturing – Traviss Technical College iBiz – Gause Academy
Architectural Design and Engineering Academy – Auburndale Lake Region Engineering Academy – Lake Region
Auburndale Communications Academy – Auburndale High School Sleepy Hill Pre-Aerospace Academy – Sleepy Hill Middle School
Bartow Engineering Academy – Bartow Stambaugh Pre-Academies – Stambaugh Middle
Central Florida Aerospace Academy – Kathleen (located at Sun n’ Fun) Technobotics – Winter Haven High School
Crystal Academy of Science and Engineering – Crystal Lake Middle School

Business Services

Academy of Digital Productions – Traviss Technical College Imagination, Inc – Lake Region High School
Academy of Finance – Lake Gibson Lake Region Academy of Law, Justice & Governance – Lake Region HS
Academy of Leadership and Business – Fort Meade Middle/Sr High School Imagination, Inc – Lake Region High School
Academy of Legal Studies – George Jenkins High School Multimedia Communications Academy – Lakeland High School
Digital Imagery Academy – McKeel Academy Polk Academy of Business and Technology
GEICO Academy – George Jenkins High School Tenoroc Academy of Legal Studies – Tenoroc High School


Academy of Hospitality and Tourism – Winter Haven High School


Academy of Industrial Education and Manufacturing – Traviss Technical College

Logistics & Distribution

Distrotek – Kathleen High School Intermodal Academy – Fort Meade Middle/Senior High School


Ag Dogs – Frostproof Middle/Senior High School Crystal Lake Veterinary Sciences Pre-Academy – Crystal Lake Middle School
Agritechnologies Academy – Auburndale High School iGrow – Bartow High School
Agrowtechnology Academy – Fort Meade Middle/Senior High School The Farm – Dundee Ridge Middle School

Life Sciences/Medical Services

Academy of Medical Science – Traviss Technical College Lake Gibson Academy of Health – Lake Gibson HS
Academy of Pharmacy Technicians – Fort Meade Middle/Senior High School Lake Region Medical Academy – Lake Region High School
Auburndale Medical Academy – Auburndale High School Ridge Community Medical Academy – Ridge Community
Bartow Senior Medical and Fire Academy – Bartow High School Southwest Middle Pre-Medical Academy – Southwest Middle
Bartow Middle Pre-medical Academy – Bartow Middle School Sports Medicine Academy – Kathleen High School
George Jenkins Medical Academy – George Jenkins High School Winter Haven Medical Academy – Winter Haven HS
Industrial Biotechnology Academy – Lake Gibson High School


Academy of Automotive Technology – Kathleen High School Lights, Camera, Traction – Blake Academy
Academy of Children’s and Educational Studies – Haines City High School M&D – Bartow High School
Academy of Early Childhood Education – George Jenkins High School Mulberry Academy of Culinary Arts – Mulberry High School
Academy of Future Educators – Lake Gibson High School Mulberry Auto Garage – Mulberry High School
Academy of Media Production – Haines City High School Multimedia Communications Academy – Lakeland High School
Bartow Criminal Justice Academy – Bartow High School PALMS Pre-Academies – Lakeland Highlands
Bartow Culinary Academy – Bartow High School Pathways to Success – Denison Middle
BOLTs – Ridge Community High School Recording Arts Academy – Ridge Community
Cafe Bleu – Winter Haven High School Roc Com – Tenoroc High School
Criminal Justice, Law and Career Academy – Kathleen High School SHARK Pre-Academies – Lake Gibson Middle School
Culinary Team – Lake Region High School Southwest Prep – Southwest Middle School
Future Educators Academy – Bartow High School Stambaugh Pre-Academies – Stambaugh Middle School
George Jenkins Academy of Culinary Arts – George Jenkins High School Studio 21 – Winter Haven High School
Lake Gibson Academy of Culinary Arts – Lake Gibson High School Style! – Lakeland High School
Lakeland Electric Energy Academy – Traviss Technical College Thunder Threads – Lake Region High School
Lakeland Electric Power Academy – Tenoroc High School TLC Academy – Lake Region High School

The Polk County School Board strives to continually provide more career academy options to middle and high school students in order to prepare students for the demands of higher education and the job market with leading businesses in Central Florida.  If you are interested in learning more about Polk County’s Career Academies, click here.