Career and Technical Education (CTE) of St. Johns County

Programs of Choice

What Are Programs of Choice?

Programs of Choice include high school career academies, IB and AICE acceleration programs, Early College Program, JROTC, St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School and in middle school, a Center for the Arts program at R. J. Murray Middle School. Students in 8th and 9th grade may apply for enrollment in a Program of Choice for any of the of the St. Johns County School District high schools.  There are application rules and a timeline that must be followed in order to be considered.  Students in 5th grade may apply for R. J. Murray Middle School’s St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) program.

A Career Academy provides an opportunity for a group of students to enroll in a specific set of courses associated with a designated career area. Each Career Academy has the following components:

    • A recommended sequence of courses.
    • A capstone project, a work site experience, a research project studying careers in the academy area, or some other experience in which students learn more about the career cluster with which the academy is affiliated.
    • A demonstrated need for employees within the Career Cluster.
    • An advisory board consisting of business leaders in the Career Cluster.
    • Adherence to specific rules established by the school system.
    • Hands-on project-based learning throughout the four years of the program.

Learn more about our High School Career Academies

Early College Program

Early College Program is available to all eligible students on a “space available” basis.  There are specific application and eligibility requirements for this program, which is provided in partnership with St. Johns River State College.  The program is available in two locations, however accepted students who are zoned for another high school are responsible for transportation. Please read the requirements and visit the St. Johns River State College website for additional information.

Early College ProgramPedro Menendez High School
Early College ProgramTocoi Creek High School


High School Acceleration Academies

Three high schools have international acceleration programs that are potentially open to students zoned for Bartram Trail, Creekside, and Ponte Vedra High Schools.  Students zoned for Allen D. Nease, Pedro Menendez or St. Augustine High Schools are not eligible to apply for the international acceleration programs at schools other than their zoned school. In addition to applying to these programs through the Program of Choice application process, students will have to be deemed academically eligible to be accepted into these programs. A Teacher Recommendation Form must be submitted by all four core academic teachers.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)Allen D. Nease High School
International Baccalaureate Program (IB)Pedro Menendez High School
Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)St. Augustine High School

Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra and Creekside High Schools also have advanced academic programs for students who live within their school zones only. These programs are not open for any students outside their school zones. Please contact your zoned school for more information concerning acceleration opportunities.

JROTC Programs

Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a program of choice designed to focus on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics. The following ROTC programs are available in St. Johns County.

Navy ROTCAllen D. Nease High School
Air Force ROTCBartram Trail High School
Army ROTCSt. Augustine High School

St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA)

The St. Johns County Center for the Arts provides artistically gifted students with a pre-professional program of study designed to develop their unique talents in the performing and visual arts. In an environment that is supportive and intellectually challenging, SJCCA prepares students to be members of an artistic society. Commitment and self-discipline are necessary in order to advance through the school’s academic and artistic studies.

Click on the links below to see the arts offerings at the middle and high school levels.  Only 5th graders throughout the district can apply to go into the R. J. Murray School’s Arts Programs and only 9th and 10th graders throughout the district can apply to go into the St. Augustine High School Arts Programs.  In addition to applying through the Program of Choice application process, students must pass auditions to be considered.