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Marisa Leonard

Academy Administrator

The Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research will seek to engage, excite, and educate students about the promise and challenges of biotechnology through inquiry-based methods of instruction, advanced curriculum, and research-based learning while addressing social and ethical issues in one of Florida’s and the nation’s premier growth industries.

The Academy of International Business and The Academy of International Marketing are two separate and unique programs that  are devoted to providing students with an internationally focused curriculum that will enable them to compete in an increasingly global economy. The curriculum is designed to give students the foundation, insight, and knowledge to conduct the functions of business processes in a global arena.

The Academy of Information Technology  will provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the high demand  and increasingly diverse IT field.  Students will receive rigorous and challenging hands-on instruction to be prepared to compete in the industry and pursue further expertise after they leave high school.

The Academy of Future Educators  

This program offers students a sequence of courses needed to become a professional in the field of education and training.  This includes an understanding of education in the United States, the ability to work effectively with all students, educational technology, classroom management, student assessment, communication skills, and other skills needed to support the learning activities of students in today’s classrooms and businesses. 

Academy Course Progression

Each Academy program of interest has a unique course progression which is presented in the graphic shown.   There are also certification opportunities associated with each program.


Why Join an Academy?

An Academy is a “school within a high school” that offers structured, personalized learning through career-related, project-based classes. Academy students have opportunities to earn college credit through Dual Enrollment classes and industry certifications. Academy students also have opportunities for field studies, classroom visits from industry leaders, and summer internships which connect them to our community business partners. Academy classes are classified as academic elective courses and students will have the potential to graduate with special distinctions that are unique to Academies


           Academy Showcase at the Renaissance Hotel                       in World Golf Village

Wednesday, December 13, 2023   3:30 – 7:00 p.m.   

       Ponte Vedra High School Academy Night:          Wednesday, January 17, 2024    6 – 7:30 p.m.

Parents will be notified by email mid February of the status of their child’s academy application.    Additional information is available on the district CTE page.

How and when to apply?

The Lottery to apply for 2023 – 24 Academy Programs will be open on January 5, 2024 and close at 5 p.m. on January 31, 2024.  Information for students who are new to the district and would like to apply for programs with openings can be found on the District Website.   

Registration for SJ Virtual, Homeschool, and Private School Students:

Any SJCSD resident who is moving a student from home school, virtual school, or private school may apply for an academy by pre-registering for school on-line on the SJCSD website and selecting to also apply for a Program of Choice at that time, for inclusion in the application process.   All pre-registrations need to be completed online by 5 p.m. on January 31, 2024.

Middle School Registration for Current SJCSD Students:

Most middle school students will register in March .   The registration timeframe for your child will be distributed through your child’s guidance counselor. 

For additional information see the St. Johns County Career Academy Webpage

Current Academy Students

Academy Students who intend to leave their Academy at the end of the school year will need to submit an Intent to Drop form, available from their Academy teacher, no later than Friday, April 5, 2024.  Students should turn these in to their Academy teacher.