Creekside High School
Career Academies

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For Aspiring Academy Students

SJCSD Academy Application Timeline: Current 8th and 9th graders living in St. Johns County are eligible to apply to any program in the district.

  • January 18th:  Applications go live and students simply log in to their HAC account and click on the “Apply Now” link.
  • February 8th: Applications close. *No applications from currently enrolled SJCSD students will be accepted after this time.
  • February 22nd: Acceptance letters sent out.
  • Registration: March Guidance counselors from each school will travel to the middle schools to register students for all of their courses.

Events to Consider

January 18th– High School Showcase: This event is held at the World Gold Village from 3:30-7:00 and is for future students deliberating on which school and academy program would be the best fit. Every school, program of choice, and academic accelerated program will be in attendance.

February 5th– Academy Night: Held at Creekside High School 6:00-7:30pm, this event gives your family the opportunity to tour the CHS Academy labs, meet the teachers, and learn about the projects, clubs, internships, and learning experiences that our school has to offer.

March 13th– CHS Ramp UP Night: Held on CHS campus from 6-8pm, this event serves as a parent and student crash course in High School 101. Topics to be covered include graduation requirements, sports, the Advanced Scholar Program, Academy information, and more.


Other Documents Aspiring CHS Academy Students Might Find Helpful

Having trouble finding where to apply in HAC? Here are step by step directions: HAC-Directions

Have a question? Someone else might have already asked it! Check out the Frequently asked questions document: Frequently-Asked-Questions-Programs-of-Choice

Information about all SJCSD Academy Programs

Try perusing the SJCSD Academy Website for information about all things academy related:

Browse programs in our Programs of Choice Guide:

View the Academy videos for each Program in SJCSD using this link:

How can I exit an academy program?

Students accepted into the academy programs are expected to commit one year to their course of study. If a student decides that this career just isn’t a fit for the student’s current interests, he or she must fill out the “Add/ Drop form” at the link below, have a parent sign the form, and return it to his or her counselor. From there, the Career Academy Specialist will review  the document, and meet with the student prior to the request being granted.


For any academy questions, please feel free to contact our
Career Academy Specialist, Daryl Cullipher.
[email protected]

What is an Academy?

Academies are smaller learning communities within a high school. Career academies incorporate features such as integration of academic and career-related curriculum, team teaching, and business involvement.

National studies show that Academies have a positive impact on student performance, including improved attendance, higher grades, improved graduation rates and higher college-bound rates. Academies emphasize motivational and real-world activities including hands-on projects, business mentoring, internships, and field trips.

Career Academies are unique “school’s-within-schools” that offer structured, personalized learning through career- related classes with a focus on technical skills.The exciting opportunities for students offer them a chance to succeed academically while getting a leg up towards their career goals.

Students prepare for college and a career by enrolling in advanced academic and technical courses. Students will gain a skill they will keep for a lifetime…it’s like choosing a college major.

Plus, Career Academy students go to college more often than other kids. Solid academics and career skills…That’s what Career Academies are all about.

For any academy questions, please feel free to contact our
Career Specialist, Daryl Cullipher.
[email protected]

Academy Newsletter November 2017:

Congratulations to our Environmental Science Teacher Ms. Pressel & her students for winning 1st place in the ESRI GIS Teacher Video Challenge!

Check out the video below to see how she uses Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in her classroom!

ESRI Interview with Alicia Pressel