Creekside High School
Career Academies

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Academy Contracts

Each school year Career Academy students and parents are required to sign the Career Academy Contract.  This year the contract signature process is online, via Home Access Center. Review this document to read the Career Academy Contract in full, and to get step-by-step directions to digitally sign the contract via HAC: CA Contract for Students and Parents 18-19

Contracts must be signed no later than September 21st.

If you have any questions about the Career Academy Contract, or need to request a hard copy of the contract, e-mail Ms. Cullipher, the Career Academy Program Specialist.

For Aspiring Academy Students


The application process closed on February 8th for the 2018-2019 school year.

Late Application Process: The link for the late application is attached to the link below. Fill out the application and sign it, email it to Ms. Cullipher and she will forward it to the district contact. From here, the applicant will be added to the wait list for the specified academy. The waitlist is chosen randomly by a lottery system. There is a tremendous amount of students who shift in and out of the programs for a myriad of reasons. These shifts happen throughout the conclusion of the year up until the first day of school. When your student’s application is selected through the lottery system, you will be contacted via email and phone. Please feel free to contact Ms. Cullipher, the Career Academy Specialist for any questions regarding this process.

Click on this link to access the Late application for 2018-2019 school year:   Late APPLICATION 18-19

Students new to St. Johns County Wanting to apply for an Academy Program: The process is identical to the late application process, except you will need to register at Creekside High, or the school for which you are zoned. Then you will fill out a new student application at the link below and email it to Ms. Cullipher. You will be contacted via email and phone when your application is selected.

Click on this link to access the New Student application for 2018-2019 school year:  POC Paper Application 18-19

For any academy questions, please feel free to contact our
Career Academy Specialist, Ms. Cullipher
E-mail Ms. Cullipher

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, Ms. Cullipher
E-mail Ms. Cullipher

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, Ms. Cullipher
E-mail Ms. Cullipher

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