Real-World Training

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.

Programs by Industry


Academy of Design and Technology – George Jenkins HSCyber Security Academy – Winter Haven High School
Academy of Digital Productions – Traviss Technical CollegeEngineering Technology Career Academy – Ridge Community
Academy of Engineering – George Jenkins High SchoolGause Academy of Converging Technologies – Gause Academy
Academy of Industrial Education and Manufacturing – Traviss Technical CollegeiBiz – Gause Academy
Architectural Design and Engineering Academy – AuburndaleLake Region Engineering Academy – Lake Region
Auburndale Communications Academy – Auburndale High SchoolSleepy Hill Pre-Aerospace Academy – Sleepy Hill Middle School
Bartow Engineering Academy – BartowStambaugh 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 CollegeImagination, Inc – Lake Region High School
Academy of Finance – Lake GibsonLake Region Academy of Law, Justice & Governance – Lake Region HS
Academy of Leadership and Business – Fort Meade Middle/Sr High SchoolImagination, Inc – Lake Region High School
Academy of Legal Studies – George Jenkins High SchoolMultimedia Communications Academy – Lakeland High School
Digital Imagery Academy – McKeel AcademyPolk Academy of Business and Technology
GEICO Academy – George Jenkins High SchoolTenoroc 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 SchoolIntermodal Academy – Fort Meade Middle/Senior High School


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

Life Sciences/Medical Services

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


Academy of Automotive Technology – Kathleen High SchoolLights, Camera, Traction – Blake Academy
Academy of Children’s and Educational Studies – Haines City High SchoolM&D – Bartow High School
Academy of Early Childhood Education – George Jenkins High SchoolMulberry Academy of Culinary Arts – Mulberry High School
Academy of Future Educators – Lake Gibson High SchoolMulberry Auto Garage – Mulberry High School
Academy of Media Production – Haines City High SchoolMultimedia Communications Academy – Lakeland High School
Bartow Criminal Justice Academy – Bartow High SchoolPALMS Pre-Academies – Lakeland Highlands
Bartow Culinary Academy – Bartow High SchoolPathways to Success – Denison Middle
BOLTs – Ridge Community High SchoolRecording Arts Academy – Ridge Community
Cafe Bleu – Winter Haven High SchoolRoc Com – Tenoroc High School
Criminal Justice, Law and Career Academy – Kathleen High SchoolSHARK Pre-Academies – Lake Gibson Middle School
Culinary Team – Lake Region High SchoolSouthwest Prep – Southwest Middle School
Future Educators Academy – Bartow High SchoolStambaugh Pre-Academies – Stambaugh Middle School
George Jenkins Academy of Culinary Arts – George Jenkins High SchoolStudio 21 – Winter Haven High School
Lake Gibson Academy of Culinary Arts – Lake Gibson High SchoolStyle! – Lakeland High School
Lakeland Electric Energy Academy – Traviss Technical CollegeThunder Threads – Lake Region High School
Lakeland Electric Power Academy – Tenoroc High SchoolTLC 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.