Experience the DIFFERENCE of Creekside Career Academies

Cutting edge learning. Real-world experiences. Countless student connections.

Jump Start Your Career Path

 Career Academies are programs within a school that feature a sequence of courses geared toward a needed career path. Students must apply and get accepted into the program, and the course takes the place of one of an elective course on a student’s schedule. The programs are governed by a board of dedicated business partners who support student learning in numerous ways including mentorship, student internships, field studies, guest speaking, and grant opportunities. 

Creekside’s award winning academies, Academy of Emerging Technology and Academy of Engineering & Environmental Sciences,  feature a total of four tracks from which students can choose: Digital Media Technology, Cybersecurity, Engineering, & Environmental Science. Students interested in a career in education should check out Creekside’s newest Academy, St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers.

Plug in to Learning

Each track is equipped with a lab environment with the most up-to-date technology and is designed with creative student learning in mind. Vex Robotics, Hydroponic growing towers,  drones, Arduinos, Geographical Information Systems, Kali Linux, Cisco,  Adobe Creative Cloud, Industrial sized 3D printers bring students into a variety of learning options to fit our diverse student body.

Registration Timeline & Other Events

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Fruit Cove:  March 9 – 12, 2020

POA:  March 5 – 6, 2020

You are welcome to attend registration with your child. The registration timeframe for your child will be distributed through your child’s guidance couselor as the time approaches. 

Any SJCSD resident who is moving a student from home school, virtual school, or private school may apply for an academy by pre-registering for school on-line at the SJCSD website and selecting to also apply for a Program of Choice at that time, for inclusion in the application process.  All pre-registrations need to be completed online by the close of the school day, February 3. 

Are you a current SJCSD rising 9th or 10th grader who missed the Academy application deadline, but you don’t want to miss the opportunity to apply for one of our programs? There is a district late application process, but this is for programs that are not full.

The best option would be for you to apply in January of 2020 to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that this is only available for students going into their 9th or 10th grade year. Rising juniors are not able to apply for an Academy Program of Choice. 

Email the Career Academy Program Specialist, Ms. Kelly, with any questions. 

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It’s not too late to have the chance to apply for one of our award winning academy programs! 

  • Preregister with your zoned high school. Be sure to bring all the required documentation. 
  • Fill out an application and list your choices.

From here, the Career Academy Program Specialist will send your application into the CTE office district lottery. Your child will then have a chance to be selected for an Academy Program of Choice.

Want to know about all things Creekside High? Attend this High School 101 information session and learn about sports, clubs, Advanced Placement, meet your guidance counselors and more! 

Check out our recruitment video under the right navigation menu.

Three Career Academies: FOUR Premier STEM Programs

Digital Media Technology

Digital Media offers foundational skills to prepare students for careers in new media, multimedia, and digital media using Adobe Creative Cloud Products. Students have the opportunity to gain Industry Certifications in top design applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Dreamweaver.


This track immerses students in hands-on learning experiences in operating systems, network security, attack mechanisms, security vulnerabilities, cryptographic systems and security technology. Industry Certification options for these courses are in Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Windows OS, MTA Networking, MTA Security, and CompTIA Security+.


Engineering students dive into a rich curriculum that exposes them to several branches of the field including Civil, Mechanical and Environmental engineering, as well as manufacturing, and robotics. Students have the opportunity to earn top recognized certifications like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), AutoCad, Revit, Inventor, and Solidworks.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science focuses on the various interactions between ecosystems, wetlands, forests, wildlife, natural resources, and humans, and how all of this impacts the environment. In addition to also earning an OSHA certification, students can earn Industry Certifications for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and also Natural Resource Specialist.

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Fall in Love with your High School Experience

Internships with Local Businesses

Network with gurus from the industry and start a career in high school.

Industry Certifications

Build your professional resume with industry certifications.

College Visits

Make informed postsecondary choices by touring schools.

Off Campus Learning

Field studies connect classroom knowledge to the field.

Business Advisory Boards

Curriculum advice from pros keeps lesson content fresh and relevant. 

Plugin to School through a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

Connect with students with similar interests on our many clubs:  Future Business Leaders of America, Technical Honors Society, Cyberpatriot, Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE), Engineering Club, Environmental Club, Society of Women Engineers.  

The POWER of our Programs is in our Numbers

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For more Student Testimonials, visit the webpage for each Track

"The engineering program has set forth the path for my future. The combination of extraordinary teaching, exhilarating projects, and challenging certifications created a once in a lifetime experience."
Cutter Stiteler
Engineering Track
Class of 2019
"I have loved being in the Environmental Academy! It has not only taught me about environmental science, but has also taught me valuable life skills. So many new doors have opened for me and this program helped me decide my career for the future.”
Allison Esmond
Environmental Track
Class of 2019