Career Academies in Winter Haven


Business Computing App Development (BCAD)

Denison Middle School


Phone:  (863) 291-5353

400 Avenue A. SE
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Academy of Business Computing, pre-academy focuses on App Development, Business Communications, E-book Publishing, and Social Media Management. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. This pre-academy feeds into Lake Region High School's Imagination Academy or Winter Haven High School's Cyber Security Academy or Microsoft Academy.


Denison Pre-Academy of Communications Technology

Denison Middle School


Phone:  (863) 291-5353

400 Avenue A. SE
Winter Haven, FL  33880

ACT gives students the opportunity to learn about TV production, graphic design, webpage design, coding and work towards earning ADOBE certification and Microsoft Office Specialist certification. This pre-academy prepares students for Lake Region High School's Imagination Academy and Winter Haven High School's Cyber Security Academy or Microsoft Academy.


Denison Pre-Academy of Culinary Arts

Denison Middle School


Phone:  (863) 291-5353

400 Avenue A. SE
Winter Haven, FL  33880

In the Pathways Cafe, students will have the opportunity to explore different culinary careers. Students will learn how to prepare meals, the proper presentation of meals, kitchen safety, and menu development. This pre-academy will prepare students for Winter Haven High School or Lake Region High School's respective Culinary Academies. It will also prepare students for Winter Haven High School's Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.


Denison Pre-Academy of Public Service

Denison Middle School


Phone:  (863) 291-5353

400 Avenue A. SE
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Academy of Public Service (Denison Cadets) Denison Cadets learn about careers in Law, Public Safety and Security. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Military Careers, Emergency and Fire Management. This pre-academy will feed into Lake Region High School's Academy of Law, Justice, and Governance. It also prepares students to enter any high school's ROTC programs.


Denison Pre-Medical Skills Academy

Denison Middle School


Phone:  (863) 291-5353

400 Avenue A. SE
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Medical students will learn about a wide variety of skills including: physical fitness, stress management, healthy eating, and health-related occupations. This pre-academy introduces students to the concepts needed for Winter Haven or Lake Region's respective Medical Academies. It also prepares students for any of the team sports available at the high school level.


Denison Pre-Techno Robotic/STEM Academy

Denison Middle School


Phone:  (863) 291-5353

400 Avenue A. SE
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Techno Robotic/Science Technology Engineering and Math Academy (Techno Robotic STEM) pre-academy will focus on engineering and robotic design. Students will participate in advanced classes with a required class in the arts. This pre-academy feeds into Techno-robotics at Winter Haven High School and Lake Region High School's Engineering Academy.


Westwood Agriscience Pre-Academy

Westwood Middle School


Phone:  (863) 965-5484

3520 Avenue J. N.W.
Winter Haven, FL  33881

Students will gain a basic understanding of agriculture while focusing on plants, animals, and natural resources. Students will also learn about the food system and the safety procedures in agriculture systems. Students learn from hands-on activities, work in the classroom, and also through the largest student-run organization in the world, the FFA.


Westwood Communications Pre-Academy

Westwood Middle School


Phone:  (863) 965-5484

3520 Avenue J. N.W.
Winter Haven, FL  33881

Lights-Camera-Action! Video production is a fun and fast paced industry that is growing and expanding every day! This class is designed to provide students with artistic, creative ad historical background in the fields of video, broadcasting and film production. Students will be provided instruction and training in pre-production, production and post production phases of project development using professional equipment and software.


Westwood Culinary Arts Pre-Academy

Westwood Middle School


Phone:  (863) 965-5484

3520 Avenue J. N.W.
Winter Haven, FL  33881

Family and Consumer Science (FACS) and Career Discovery This course is for 6th grade students. In FACS students will learn about life skills, how to communicate with others, make a career plan, children and parenting, management Skills, clothing choices and nutrition. For Careers Discovery we will be learning specifically about 5 different careers, Food Stylist, Event planner, Interior designer, Chef and a Restaurateur, Childcare Provider and Fashion Designer. Hospitality and Tourism and Fundaments of Culinary Careers. This course is for 7th grade students. For Hospitality we study the 5 sections of this industry Food and Beverage, Lodging, Travel, Tourism and Recreation.


Westwood Engineering Pre-Academy

Westwood Middle School


Phone:  (863) 965-5484

3520 Avenue J. N.W.
Winter Haven, FL  33881

This academy is only for 7th and 8th graders. There are 2 tracks offered Engineering and Robotics within this academy. Engineering students will learn the history, and use of technology, along with exposure to different technology used in production techniques. The students learn how energy is changed from one for to another and used to make useable power for the humans. Robotics students learn to build and program robots using Lego EV3. Students learn more complicated programing using VEX Iq robots and Robot C programming. They will also learn how to use a 3d drafting software with the intention is to obtain certification in drafting software. The student will learn the history, and use of technology, along with exposure to different technology used in production techniques.


Agribusiness and Sciences Academy

Winter Haven High School


Phone:  (863) 291-5330

600 6th St Se
Winter Haven, FL  33880

This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of agricultural history and the global impact of agriculture; career opportunities; scientific and research concepts; biological and physical science principles; environmental principles; agriscience safety; principles of leadership; and agribusiness, employability, and human relations skills in agriscience. Laboratory-based activities such as the safe use and application of appropriate technology, scientific testing and observation equipment. Students will develop an understanding of measurement error, and develop the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the data and resulting conclusions. Students learn from hands-on activities, work in the classroom, and also through the largest student-run organization in the world, the FFA.


Cafe Bleu

Winter Haven High School


Phone:  (863) 291-5330

600 6th St Se
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Students learn how to work in a commercial kitchen with real world experiences. Students will also learn and perform front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house duties, management skills. Students will prepare quality food products and present them creatively; demonstrate safe, sanitary work procedures; understand food science principles related to cooking and baking; and utilize nutrition concepts when planning meals/menus. Students research career opportunities in professional cooking/baking; follow guidelines on food selection, purchasing, and storage; and use communication skills. Students will prepare various meals and food products including those for individuals with various nutritional needs and/or dietary restrictions. Additionally, students have an opportunity to earn ServSafe Management and/or ProStart certifications. Students can also save thousands of dollars through an articulation with Johnson and Wales University.


Customer Service Academy

Winter Haven High School


Phone:  (863) 291-5330

600 6th St SE
Winter Haven, FL  33880

This academy provides students with the opportunity to develop practical skills across a range of working roles, as well as providing global and local perspectives on travel and tourism, people, environments and economies. Learners gain an overview of the industry, including popular destinations, customer care, working procedures, travel and tourism products and services, and marketing and promotion.


Cyber Security Academy

Winter Haven High School


Phone:  (863) 291-5330

600 6th St Se
Winter Haven, FL  33880

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and cybersecurity-related careers in the Information Technology career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of cybersecurity.


Studio 21

Winter Haven High School


Phone:  (863) 291-5330

600 6th St Se
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Studio 21, is an academy of four courses in fashion design services. Students learn basic skills for working in design services, leadership and organizational skills, basic principles of design, textile characteristics and care, employability skills, relationship of human factors to design services, safe use of tools and equipment, selection of appropriate materials, terminology of the apparel industry, garment construction skills, researching history and culture's effect on design, sketching and free hand drawing, use of technology in the fashion industry, clothing needs for special populations, and creation of an original pattern. The final course focuses on five specialty areas of Fashion Design Services: Window Display, Fashion Design Assistant, Tailor's Assistant, Personal Shopper, and Stylist.


Technobotics Academy

Winter Haven High School


Phone:  (863) 291-5330

600 6th St Se
Winter Haven, FL  33880

The Technobotics Academy has courses that provide students with a foundation in content and skills associated with robotics and automation, including artificial intelligence, electronics, physics, and principles of engineering, content and skills essential to the design and operation of robotics, including artificial intelligence, sensors, electronic devices, engineering technologies, motion physics, electrical motors, programming, simulation and modeling, and critical thinking skills, manufacturing, topographical considerations. With the Capstone course providing students with extended content and skills essential to the design and operation of autonomous robotic systems in the context of a capstone project. Students will learn to use 3D solid modeling design software to design solutions to problems. TSA (Technology Student Association) enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM, whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intra-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.


Winter Haven Medical Academy

Winter Haven High School


Phone:  (863) 291-5330

600 6th St Se
Winter Haven, FL  33880

Winter Haven High School's Medical Academy is a multi-year program. Students study Anatomy and Physiology and continue their education learning about professional behavior and communication, HIPAA, legal and ethical issues, blood borne pathogens, health insurance and more. They are able to perfect their basic medical skills like blood pressure, CPR, first aid, basic assessment skills, phlebotomy and how to perform an Electrocardiogram throughout the program. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary skills and national certifications to obtain entry level employment as a health care professional.