Choice Academies and Programs
Atlantic Community High has a variety of Career Academies and Programs including Construction, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Digital Design, Drafting, Early Childhood, International Baccalaurete, JROTC, Medical, Photography, and TV Production.
The Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AJROTC) program provides developmental courses in leadership theory, drill and ceremonies, hygiene and first aid, map reading, land navigation, techniques of oral communication, marksmanship and safety, staff function and procedures, service JROTC opportunities and physical readiness. Students who select this option will enroll in the AJROTC classes each year as well as a full academic schedule. Upon completion, students are under no obligation to enlist in the armed forces. Successful completion of the AJROTC program allows entry into the armed forces up to two pay grades higher than other enlistees without AJROTC experience.
The Construction program prepares students for college and employment in the building construction industry. The program provides necessary skills to enter home–building, general contracting, and related industries. This program focuses on broad transferable skills, stresses the understanding of all aspects of the building construction industry, and demonstrates essential elements of the industry such as: architecture, engineering, planning, management, finance, technical and production skills. Incorporated in the curriculum are the underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, health, safety, and environmental issues. Training occurs in the classroom, in the lab, and at actual job sites.
The Criminal Justice program offers a sequence of courses that provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills. Students are prepared for further education and careers in all five pathways within the Law, Public Safety and Security Career Cluster through project–based, hands–on learning activities. Practical skills and field exercises include: courtroom demeanor and testifying, report writing, identification, collection and preservation of evidence, interviewing techniques, radio communications, patrol techniques, traffic direction, traffic crash investigations,
defensive tactics, CPR, First Aid, and fingerprinting. Students have the opportunity to earn industry certification as Public Service Aides (PSA), as well as Accredited Legal Secretaries (ALS). College credit opportunities are an available benefit for eligible Criminal Justice Academy students through articulation agreements with local colleges and universities.
The Drafting and Design program offers two distinct strands designed to challenge students with laboratory and classroom-based curriculum which promotes the use of critical thinking and computer technology skills. The content and activities in these programs include entrepreneurship, safety, and leadership skills. In the Drafting courses of study, students employ the use of AutoCAD Computer Aided Design software for architectural, mechanical, and 3D projects. In the Communications Technology Strand, the study of the processes, uses, and technical skills found in visual technologies (both conventional and digital procedures), multimedia productions, computer animation and graphics, web page design, electronic media, and other new and emerging technologies will be incorporated. This program focuses on the understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems in business and industry.
The Early Childhood Teacher Education program is a program in which high school students prepare for careers in child–related occupations, earning high school honors credits and/or Dual Enrollment college credits. Career possibilities may include teaching, child psychology, social work, and day–care ownership. The program prepares students for post–secondary education or immediate entry into the Palm Beach County workforce. Students gain teaching experience through internships at area preschools and elementary schools. Early Childhood Teacher Education programs provide students with teaching experience in the laboratory preschools located on high school campuses with the exception of Atlantic High and Boca Raton High.
The Finance program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to learn about and prepare for college or careers in business and finance. Emphasis is placed on a college preparatory curriculum that is directly linked to the financial world. Students participate in mentorships, career shadowing, and internship programs that link the resources of business, economics, and finance to education and to the students. Specialized courses in finance are required. Finance is a model program established to promote educational excellence by the National Academy Foundation.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students in grades 11–12 for effective participation in a rapidly globalizing world and for postsecondary success in college and career. Students study at least two languages and increase their understanding of diverse cultures. Due to its rigorous nature, preparation for the IB Diploma Programme is offered through the IB Middle Years Programme curricula in the 9th and 10th grades or through other accelerated curricula. The IB diploma leads to advanced standing in universities throughout the world. The IB Diploma Programme framework includes required courses within six subject groups: Studies in language and literature, Language acquisition, Individuals and societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. Schools tailor course sequences to meet each school’s focus. Algebra I or Algebra I Honors and Spanish or French for high school credit are highly recommended to prepare students for the rigor of the program.
IB Career Programme - Medical Sciences
Atlantic High School offers a Choice program—IBCP Medical Sciences designed for students entering grade 9 who want to pursue a Medical career pathway while also completing the IB MYP requirements and the requirements for an IB Career–related Programme certificate. Students successfully completing this four–year course of study earn an IB MYP certificate, Emergency Medical Responder certification, and the IBCP certificate. Algebra I is highly recommended to prepare students for the rigor of the program.