Programs of Choice-Rising 8th Grade Information

Middle School transitioning to High School helpful guide:

Programs of Choice Registration Information


Did you know that over 40% of all high school students in St. Johns County are enrolled in one or more of our Programs of Choice? Programs of Choice provide excellent options for the students of St. Johns County.

To help families learn more about the Programs of Choice, each high school displays their programs at the St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase.

This event highlights Career Academies and specialized programs available to rising 9th graders; All high school programs to which current 8th graders can apply for next school year will have booths to share information.

These programs include the Career Academies; Accelerated Programs – International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE); JROTC – Navy, Army and Air Force; and the St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA).

Students can apply to any of these programs no matter which school they are zoned to attend, although some program exceptions apply to this process. For example, students will need to apply and audition to be considered for the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School. For more information about the audition process, go to

Please VISIT the HIGH SCHOOL Careers Academies website for further information:

For additional information on program exceptions and considerations, please visit the Career Academy of St. Johns website:
Families must make transportation arrangements for students who attend schools other than their zoned school. Out-of-zone transportation is only provided to students attending St. Johns Technical High School.

If you are unable attend this event, or would like additional information each school offers a video overview, which is available on the Career Academy website;
Furthermore, each high school will host an Academy Night, to allow prospective students to tour the school, visit the classrooms, and hear more in-depth information about the programs from teachers, current students and business partners.

Please visit HS PROGRAMS OF CHOICE, for further information:

**Current SJCSD students must apply on-line through the student’s Home Access Center (HAC) and directions can be found at
Home School, Private School or Virtual School students who are interested in enrolling in a Program of Choice at one of the SJCSD high schools next year need to pre-register at the CURRENT zoned school your child would have attended in the SJCSD this school year.

After registering as a potential student, the currently zoned school will provide you with a paper application to complete and return. The due date to apply is still February 19 at 5:00 pm. Only students residing in St. Johns County are eligible to apply for any of these programs.

IB and AICE have academic eligibility requirements as they are accelerated academic programs. Teacher Recommendations Forms, found at

Or they can get a paper copy from their school counselors. Recommendations must be submitted to the IB or AICE Coordinators at the schools for which the student is applying.

Each Program of Choice has a limited number of space for new students, so applying does not guarantee acceptance into a program. An automated lottery system is used to select the students who will be accepted.

**All families will receive email notifications by the end of February as to whether their child has been accepted into one or more programs or not for the next school year.

By law, students of active military parents receive additional consideration to Programs of Choice. Active military parents of applicants should go to their child’s current school office before February 8th and show their military card to the office staff to have their military expiration date updated in the student’s eSchool records.

For questions about the SJCSD Programs of Choice that cannot be found on the website, please contact our office at 904-547-4870.

To print the above information please click here: Programs of Choice

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