Choice and In-House Programs
Forest Hill Community High has a variety of Choice programs, including Army JROTC, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Science and Field Research, Information Technology, International Baccalaureate, Medical Sciences - Pre-Medicine, Spanish Dual Language, and Tourism, Hospitality and Resort Management. Click HERE to access our FH Academic & Choice Programs!
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 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 Culinary Arts program curriculum provides the opportunity for students to train for a variety of careers in the field of food service and preparation. Academic and technical studies are integrated, emphasizing and building proficiency in food production and cooking, cost control, nutrition and sanitation, and workplace safety. Practical work experience stresses sanitation and safety and includes quantity cooking, baking, menu development, and food preparation. School site restaurants and catering opportunities will further enhance front and back–of–the–house skills, as well as restaurant management.
Engineering and Technology
The Engineering and Technology programs are affiliated with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a not–for–profit organization that forms partnerships with public schools, colleges, universities, and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. PLTW has developed a four–year sequence of courses including Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering Design and Development.
Environmental Science and Field Research
The Environmental Science and Field Research program meets the needs of students wishing to pursue an academic curriculum with an emphasis on research and environmental studies. Students explore and evaluate the many challenges related to local, regional and global environments. All students are involved in a learning–through–discovery approach, developing research and thinking skills. Field studies, as well as a variety of current technologies, are utilized throughout the programs. Ecosystem restoration, water–related problems, agricultural awareness, field research and sustainability in the 21st century are some of the issues students investigate.
The Information Technology program offers an innovative, integrated learning environment focused on computers, technology, and communications. The program provides students with the training and skills necessary for careers, such as: Computer Operation, Computer Support, Electronics Technology, Graphic Design, Multimedia & Web Design, Network Systems, PC Support and Word Processing, and Cybersecurity.
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.
Medical Sciences - Pre-Medicine
The Medical Sciences Honors program offers an innovative, integrated learning environment designed to provide the student with the medical skills and training necessary to succeed in postsecondary healthcare career education and/or to successfully transition into the healthcare workforce. This comprehensive program combines a rigorous academic curriculum with intense clinical and laboratory experience. Student clinical rotations are conducted at area hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Clinical clearance, including a background check and drug screening are required prior to entering the clinical setting.
Spanish Dual Language
The Spanish Dual Language program offers a continuation for students who have been in a Spanish Dual Language program at the middle level or who have a high level of Spanish language proficiency. Highly motivated students are engaged in a challenging academic environment in which three of their core academic courses are taught in Spanish.
Tourism, Hospitality and Resort Management
Tourism, Hospitality, and Resort Management program is a college preparatory curriculum that integrates unique high school courses with practical internships and business leadership training. Students participate in project–based learning, field trips and job shadowing within the multiple segments of the hospitality cluster. Students learn about cultures and destinations worldwide while exploring high-level career opportunities in the world’s largest hotel and resort industry. Students have the opportunity to attend a yearly conference designed exclusively by Palm Beach County’s Industry Leaders and take part in competitions and leadership training workshops. The Tourism, Hospitality, and Resort Management program is part of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), established to promote academy excellence.