There are 110 Choice and In-House programs within 36 middle schools that prepare students for both college and career pathways. Students participate in specific programs of study that lead to high school Career and Technical Education academies or Choice programs. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Technology Industry Certification before entering high school.
The Pre–Culinary program is a three-year preparatory program for the middle school student designed to encourage and prepare students for entry into high school culinary arts career academies or related fields of study. This program also provides middle school students with consumer level skills, begin the exploration of the culinary field, as well as related occupations. Areas of study include nutrition, safety and sanitation, culinary terminology, small and large equipment usage and food preparation needed in the workforce. Opportunities to learn front and back–of–the–house operations through entrepreneurship activities are also built into the curriculum.
The Pre–Law Academy provides middle school students with a fundamental understanding of the American legal system from a variety of perspectives, both civil and criminal. Students participating in this program will develop an appreciation of essential historical information concerning the developments of the United States legal system and the working structure of the government. Moreover, students will gain an understanding of procedural issues in the courts, specific concepts of law, the distinctive characteristics of criminal law and procedures, the roles of various legal professionals and the effect of legal ethics on the practice of law. This program also provides a functional appreciation for students with regard to the impact of the legal system on their lives and chosen future career endeavors.