Applying to a Program of Choice

Eligible students may apply to High School Career Academies, JROTC, AICE/IB programs, the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School, or the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at Murray Middle School by completing the Program of Choice General Application in Home Access Center (HAC) during the application window.

The window to apply to a Program of Choice for the upcoming school year opens on January 9, 2020 and closes February 3, 2020 at 5pm. For more information, view a schedule of other important Program of Choice dates.

Please note: Students applying to AICE/IB programs must also submit teacher recommendations and qualify based on their academic performance.

Also note: Students applying to the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School or at Murray Middle School must also audition at the respective schools on January 31st.

Late Application

Late applications for the schools with available seats (see list below) will be available April 1, 2020 through May 1, 2020.  Please submit the late applications to the Career Specialist at the school to which you wish to apply.

2020-21 Academy/Program of Choice Late Application

Schools with Available Seats:

  • BTHS Design Academy
    • Fashion Design
    • Interior Design
  • MMS School for the Arts
    • Arts
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drama
  • NHS International Baccalaureate
  • PMHS Academy of Architectural & Building Sciences
    • Drafting
  • PMHS International Baccalaureate
  • PMHS VyStar Academy of Business & Finance
    • Business & Finance
    • Digital Design
  • SAHS Aerospace Academy
  • SAHS Cambridge AICE Program
  • SAHS Future Teachers Academy
  • SAHS Law & Homeland Security
  • SAHS School for the Arts
    • Band
    • Ceramics
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Digital Art
    • Drama
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Guitar
    • Musical Theatre
    • Piano


Before students apply to a program of choice, they must be currently enrolled at a school in the St. Johns County School District or live in St. Johns County and be currently be homeschooled or attend a charter or private school or be in a Virtual School program.  In those cases, the student will need to pre-register for the 2020-21 school year through the St. Johns County School District website at this site.

Student enrollment in an Academy is contingent upon a minimum enrollment in two or more additional school based core academic courses as determined by the school principal.

Pre-registration may be completed between January 9, 2020, 8:00 am – February 3, 2020, 5:00 pm.

Pre-registration FAQ

Students who are not residents of St. Johns County are not eligible to apply during the Program of Choice application window.

5th grade students living outside of St. Johns County may be eligible to apply to attend R. J. Murray Middle School through the Controlled Open Enrollment application window. If accepted to R. J.  Murray Middle School, families can then inquire if room remains in the School of the Arts and, if so, they apply with a late paper application at that time.


First-Time Student Registration

Applies to Students in 5th, 8th, and 9th Grade

If you are a SJCSD 8th or 9th grade student applying to a Program of Choice for the first time please follow the steps below.

Login to Home Access Center (HAC Directions) between January 9 at 8:00 am through 5:00 pm February 3, 2020 with student’s username and password.

All communications will be via email for the 2020-2021 application year.  All applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application has been submitted and received. Please be sure that your email addresses are up-to-date in the system.  Students can update their email address though Home Access Center (HAC).  Parents and guardians should contact their student’s school to update the parent email address on file.

If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of submitting your application, please contact the Career & Technical Education Department.

AICE & IB Applicants

In addition to applying in Home Access Center (HAC), AICE & IB applicants are required to submit a Teacher Recommendation for each of their core subject areas: language arts, math, science and social studies.

There is no essay this year for admission to AICE or IB.

Any private, home school or students who are new to SJCSD should submit report cards/transcripts and letters of recommendation to the AICE or IB coordinator at the school where they apply.  These are due by February 3, 2020.

New Residents

How do new residents apply?
Students who are newly moving into the county will be considered for open seats when available.  See this site for what you need to register your student for school.

If you are just moving to our district and would like to join one of our academy programs please follow the steps on this site to enroll your student.

Just as new students moving into the district can do, students who are St. Johns county residents who are not already enrolled in a St. Johns County School District school can register to become a student at any time before the new school year begins. Then they can contact the Career Specialist at the schools or the District Career Education office at (904) 547-4870 to find out if room remains in a Program of Choice for which the student is interested.  If there is room, they may complete a late paper application obtained from the District Career Education Office or the High School Career Specialists.

As a reminder, the parents/guardians of students attending an out-of-zone school are required to provide transportation for the student to and from the out-of-zone school.

Returning Students

What do CURRENT students in Programs of Choice need to do to CONTINUE in the program/s next school year?

High School Programs of Choice include Career Academies, JROTC, IB, AICE and St. Johns County Center for the Arts.

If continuing in the program next school year, NOTHING needs to be done regarding an application or out-of-zone waiver.  Students who do not wish to remain in a program next year were notified that they should complete an Program of Choice Change & Drop Form for 2020-21 to be signed by the student and parent and submitted to their Career Specialist.  In that situation, out-of-zone students will return to their zoned school next school year.

Middle School Students

For CURRENT middle school students in the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at Murray Middle School, the same rules apply as stated above, though the Program of Choice Change & Drop Form for 2020-21 should be submitted to the Murray Middle School Principal and the Career & Technical Education Department.


Students who apply to an academy or program of choice and are accepted will be assigned to the program automatically. There is no need to “accept” the assignment. If something changes about your desire to participate in the program, you should communicate that to the Career and Technical Education office at [email protected].

For example, you apply to an “out-of-zone” school, are accepted and assigned. Then, due to unforeseen circumstances your transportation is not working out as planned and you need to attend your zoned school. You would communicate that with the Career and Technical Education office.