Choice Academies and In-House Programs
Palm Beach Central High School has a variety of Choice Career Academies and in-house programs, including AICE, AVID, Culinary Arts, Engineering and Technology, and Information Technology. Learn more about our programs, below. For additional Choice Academy information, please contact Abby Elder, Academy Coordinator, (561) 433-7942. For more information about completing a CHOICE application for one of the Career Academies at Palm Beach Central High School, please visit the District's Choice Application Website: https://mypbchoiceapp.com/
The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program is an accelerated plan of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge in England-an institution consistently ranked as one of the top five academic universities in the world. AICE offers a flexible, broad-based curriculum that is taught at schools in over 161 countries. For over 170 years, the University of Cambridge has been setting worldwide standards through their examinations.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. It is a college readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Some colleges and universities have also implemented AVID to help their students. Since it began in 1980 in California, AVID has been adopted by more than 4,800 schools and 41 institutions of higher education in 45 states and 16 countries, providing training for more than 30,000 educators each year and making a difference in the lives of more than 700,000 students. Approximately 74% of AVID high school graduates enroll in college.
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. (Academy flyer)
Engineering and Technology (Project Lead the Way)
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. (Academy flyer)
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. (Web & Digital Design flyer, IT-Cyber Security flyer)