Vital Information
SHARK Pre-Academies
6901 N. Socrum Loop Rd.
Lakeland, FL  33809

Lead Teacher:  Melinda Baine
Phone:  (863) 853-6151
Fax:  (863) 853-6171

Areas of Interest:  Culinary, Agriscience, Biotechnology, Business, Video Production, Power, Pre Medical, Fine Arts

SHARK Pre-Academies Overview

Success through Heightened Academics, Research and Knowledge

The Pre-Academy program at Lake Gibson Middle School is designed to prepare middle school students with real-world exposure to career specific curriculum through electives.

The intent is to provide students with occupational exploratory courses and the potential to earn high school credit while enrolled in middle school.

These programs give students valuable workplace skills and prepare them for high school, college, and the workforce of the future.


Agricultural Science

Do you have a passion for animals or a green thumb? In the ASA, Agricultural Science Academy, you will learn about animal science, plant science, food science, and agricultural mechanics. Students will also be able to join FFA, Future Farmers of America, which allows for premier leadership and personal growth.


The Business and Technology Pre-Academy program provides a wonderful opportunity to increase student achievement and to prepare a solid foundation for them to continue their success when they move to a high school level business and technology academy. It also provides them with the tools needed to ensure their success while continuing their future academic endeavors and career choices. Students learn important keyboarding skill as well as MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Access, and Adobe Photoshop. In addition, students learn Basic Computer Concepts and Internet skills.


Do you want to learn about different cuisines, the hospitality industry, and culinary standards? Your journey begins here. After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Explore career paths in food production, management and service
  • Demonstrate menu planning based on standard recipes
  • Prepare a variety of food products using appropriate procedures-Use and maintain commercial food production equipment

Culinary students are encouraged to join LGMS’s national award winning FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) chapter. Members develop leadership skills while participating in community service and competitive events.

Media Design

Lake Gibson Middle School’s award winning Video Production Team is responsible for producing a daily news program, “The Shark Zone.” Students are responsible for developing show ideas, writing scripts, creating graphics, operating cameras and editing shows, stories and segments.

Students work on Apple computers and use the programs Final Cut Pro, Motion and Garageband.


Have you ever daydreamed about a lab scene from CSI? Does separating DNA from a cell sound like fun? If so, the Lake Gibson Middle School Pre-Biotechnology Academy of Applied Learning may be for you. This is a hands-on program that teaches students lab techniques and procedures. The course will focus on integration of biotechnological concepts and applied laboratory investigations. Students will be engaged in activities that promote skill development in aseptic techniques.

Pre-Medical Academy

The medical field is one of the fastest growing industries today. Students will have the necessary skills to continue their education as part of the LGHS Medical Academy. Whether your career goal is to work in a hospital, emergency medicine, or another area in health, our pre-academy will give you a solid foundation.

Pre-Power Academy

Learn information and skills that will enable you to seek careers in the Energy Industry. You will be involved in hands-on learning and laboratory activities including planning, managing and providing support and technical services related to the generation, transmission and distribution of various types of energy along with the design engineering, construction, maintenance, and repair of these systems. Students will gain a solid understanding of industrial electricity and have key insights into many entry-level positions. If you are interested in a career as an Electrician, Line Worker, System Control Operator, Meter Technician, Power Plant Operator, or Engineer – the Power Academy is for you!

Fine Arts

Could you be the next great artist or musician? In the LGMS Fine Arts pre-academy, students can expand and learn musical talents in courses like band, guitar, and orchestra. Students can also explore the many techniques of visual art in 6th – 8th grade art and digital photography classes.

Fine Arts courses offered include:

  • Performing Arts: Drama, Chorus I-III, Orchestra and Band (Symphonic, Concert and Jazz)
  • Foreign Languages: Spanish
  • Visual Arts: Art Appreciation and Digital Photography
**Please note some courses require lab/uniform fees.