Can I join the academy if I am not zoned to go to Park Vista High School?
Any 8th or 9th grade student may apply to join one of the three choice academies (Medical Science, Automotive Service Technology, or Automotive Collision and Refinishing). However, if your home school (the one you are zoned to attend) offers the same academy, you MUST apply to that one as your first choice. Ours can be your second choice. If your homeschool does NOT have the same program then make us your first choice!
The Multimedia Communications Academy is our in-house academy so a student must already attend Park Vista in order to participate and there is no application required. Just register for Digital Information Technology which is the first required course.
I don't live in Palm Beach County, can I apply? No. You must live in Palm Beach County at the time of application. It is crucial that your address in the school system is correct. The address on your application must be the same as what's in the district computers. If not, bring documentation to your current school to get it corrected.
Can I be in more than one Academy?
You can only get into one Choice academy. However, some students do find room in their schedule to complete the choice program and the Multimedia Communications program, so it is possible to do both.
If I am already zoned to Park Vista, do I have to apply to be in the Academy?
Yes, for the three Choice programs. Everyone must apply.
When is the deadline to apply?
This application is online starting November 1, 2017 and the deadline is January 26, 2018. However, if you are applying to Dreyfoos School of the Arts or Boynton High Schools Arts programs as a first or a second choice, your entire application is due December 1, 2017 since there is an audition process.
What if I turn in my application to another school and then I realize I really want to be at Park Vista?
You get ONE opportunity to change your application, however, it must be done before the above deadlines. If you turned in your application as a paper copy, rather than using the online form, you will NOT be able to edit it at all.
What are the requirements to get into an academy?
To get into Medical Science Academy, a student must have a current GPA of 3.0. Algebra 1 or better is recommended though not required at this time. There should be zero discipline issues on record.
To get into the Automotive Academies we recommend a 2.0 GPA. There should be zero discipline issues on record.
To get into the Multimedia Communications Academy, there is no application. If you are already attending, or going to attend Park Vista, just register for the Digital Information Technology course. Midway through the year, students will choose which program to follow and then be admitted to the academy.
Can I play sports or join the band?
Absolutely! Once you are a Park Vista student you can join any club, tryout for any sport, or take any class just like everyone else. Many academy students are also in the AICE program, take AP classes, and Dual Enrollment. See your guidance counselor to determine what's best for you.
Can ESE or ELL students apply?
Can I use my McKay Scholarship to get into an acaemy?
Students on McKay must also apply and will go through the same lottery process for purposes of getting into an academy.
Where do I apply?
At the School District Website Choice Programs page. Click here for the direct link.
If I don't have access to a computer, how do I apply?
Paper copies of the application are available at school guidance offices. Note: once that application is turned in it may not be edited.
Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of getting in?
Not much, the Choice Programs book describes a few scenarios where you can get a slight edge in the lottery process. For example, if the student has a parent who works at Park Vista or a sibling who attends... those areas should be checked on the application. Also if a student is in the same academy at the middle school level there is a slight advantage as do students of parents who are currently serving in the military. However, all applications are placed into a lottery and there is NO GUARANTEE for anyone.
Should I send a resume or letters of recommendation for my child?
No. None of that is taken into consideration. Once a student is deemed eligible for a program their names are placed in a lottery.
How many students are chosen for Park Vista Academies?
The number of seats available changes each year and that number is determined by the district. We don't know until the lottery occurs.
When do I find out if I got in?
The computerized lottery of applications will be done by the district in mid-March.A mass e-mail will go out to applicants from the district notifying them which school and program, if any, they were accepted to. Shortly after, those who are accepted to Park Vista will be mailed welcome letters and contracts from our school office.
What if I didn't get in, then what?
You may be placed in a wait pool. As other students who were accepted change their minds, people from the wait pool get selected through a new lottery The procress is repeated until all seats are filled. We try to have it completed by June but sometimes it continues throughout the summer. If by August, you still have not moved from the pool, it's over for that school year. Your child should be sure to register at your home school. You may reapply for the following year.
Is there someone at school who can help me get in?
The Academy Coordinator can help guide you through the process and answer additional questions but no-one at the school can push an application through. The process is lottery driven by the district.
I got in, what do I need to do next?
You will be sent a contract to sign and some registration papers. Once here, it is important to maintain good grades and not get into trouble. If you don't live up to the contract, you will be placed on probation and eventually removed from the program. This could mean you would have to leave Park Vista for your home school.
You are signing a four year commitment. If your program requires a uniform you will be sent that information over the summer or at the start of the school year.
Is there a special diploma I earn for being in the Academy?
There are three designations that students may earn. A Standard Diploma, a Diploma with Merit designation, and a Diploma with Scholars Designation.
Those who pass Industry Certifications tests in their academy classes would earn the Merit Designation. Those who pass the test and earn credits through AP, AICE, or Dual Enrollment Courses would earn the Scholars Designation. See a guidance counselor for the complete details.
Are there scholarships available to me for being in the Academy?
Yes, all of the scholarships available to any student are there but students who maintain A's in their academy classes and score 880 on the SAT would be eligible for the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship. Students must also maintain 30 hours of community service. Click here for complete details. Also, there are scholarships available through the One Blood, HOSA, NTHS, and others.
Is there transportation available?
Choice Program students receive transportation to the Choice school if they reside more than two miles from the school and live within a designated Choice Transportation Zone. See the District Transportation site. If you live outside that bus zone, you are responsible for getting to the bus zone or all the way to school. Students who are entering the Medical Science Academy will go to area hospitals and doctors offices during junior and senior years. Students/parents are solely responsible for transportation to those sites during the school day.
Who do I contact for help?
The Choice Programs Department can help you with the application or computer issues.
Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center
3300 Forest Hill Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone: +1 (561) 434-8000 +1 (866) 930-8402
Specific Park Vista questions should be directed to:
Kim Bailey, Academy Coordinator
Park Vista High School
7900 Jog Road
Lake Worth, FL 33467
Ph: (561) 491-8431