2016 Application Period:

November 8, 2016 through 5:00pm January 9, 2017.

Countdown to application deadline:

Parent Notification - March 10, 2017


Magnet and Choice schools offer unique attractors and themes designed to provide a rigorous academic program focused around specific areas of student interest, such as the Arts, International Baccalaureate or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

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November 8, 2016 – 5:00 PM January 9, 2017.

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Polk Career Academies

Polk Career Academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support.

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November 8, 2016 – 5:00 PM January 9, 2017.

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Fine Arts

These schools offer quality academic programs with an emphasis on a rigorous study in performing and fine arts areas which includes: visual arts, dance, theatre, and music. Other specialized areas of study available are Creative Writing, Motion Picture, Rock N Roll Academy and Music Leadership/Marketing.

November 8, 2016 – 5:00 PM January 9, 2017.

The following schools apply using the Magnet/Choice Application:

  • Davenport School of the Arts
  • Jewett School of the Arts
  • Rochelle School of the Arts

The following schools apply using the application found on the school's website:

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The International Baccalaureate program is a rigorous academic program designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in advanced college placement options through high school college credit courses. At the elementary and middle school levels, students will participate in interactive academic courses with technology-based science labs and dynamic self-directed projects and classroom activities. Students will not only learn a second language, but also learn to integrate various cultural perspectives and a wider world view into their learning experiences. The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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Of the IB schools listed, the following are exploring the possibility of becoming an IB school

  • Dundee Elementary Academy
  • Dundee Ridge Middle Academy
  • Lincoln Avenue Academy

Cambridge AICE

This robust, rigorous, and challenging international curriculum emphasizes a broad and balanced study that requires an in-depth understanding of subjects. Students engage in important study and job skills such as critical reasoning, researching, working in teams, and argumentation. They are able to tailor their studies to their interests, abilities, and future goals. The Cambridge approach aims to develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, and engaged.

November 8, 2016 – 5:00 PM January 9, 2017.

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Winter Haven High School