Choice Programs

Choice Programs
Posted on 10/02/2018

School District of Palm Beach County Choice Programs

 

What are Choice Programs? 
Families with students entering Kindergarten through grade 12 have the opportunity to choose from an array of theme-based curricula offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that provide innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers. These programs provide students with a pathway to postsecondary educations and career options. 

Tips for Making an Informed Choice
Palm Beach County has more than 200 elementary, middle and high school Choice programs available for you to choose from. Learn more about which program is right for your child by clicking on the choice program you wish to learn more about on the Palm Beach County School District website. The Department of Choice and Career Options also offers guidance and support to help you find the right program for you. Here are just a few ideas:

 

Know Yourself
Ask yourself these questions. The answers will help you get a clearer idea of the programs that may be right for you. 

  • What are your talents and abilities?
  • What activities do you like?
  • What careers are you interested in?
  • Are you choosing a program based on your personal strengths and interests?

Know Your Supports

The Department of Choice and Career Options offers support throughout the Choice process. You should:

  • Visit the Annual Showcase of Schools held every October
  • Visit the school’s Open House to learn more about the program
  • Talk with the Choice coordinator at the school
  • Contact the Department of Choice and Career Options at 561-434-8755

Narrow Your Choices

Think about the programs that interest you the most. How do they compare with the respect to:

  • How well they meet your interests and will help you reach your goals
  • Distance from home, travel time and transportation needs

Make Your Decision 
Select the 2 programs that you would most like to attend and put them in order. (Choice preference #1 is your most desired program of choice)

Duplicate Programs

If the student is applying for a  Choice program that is offered at his/her zoned school, the zoned school program must be listed as the first choice or the applications will not be processed, with the exception of Suncoast HS.

Apply

The deadline to apply for all programs at Bak Middle School of the Arts, art programs at Boynton Beach High and Dreyfoos School of the Arts is Friday, December 7, 2018. All other program applications are due by Friday, January 25, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements for High School Choice Programs

Aerospace Science (BASA)2.5 GPA

Finance2.5 GPA

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & HeatingNo Criteria

Global Business & Entrepreneurship2.5 GPA

Air Force Junior ROTC Aerospace ScienceNo Criteria

Information Technology2.5 GPA

American History & Law2.5 GPA

Innovative Interactive TechnologyNo Criteria

Army Junior ROTCNo Criteria

International Baccalaureate (IB)3.0 GPA + Algebra I or Algebra I Honors recommended

Auto Collision Repair & RefinishingNo Criteria

International Spanish Academy (ISA)2.5 GPA

Automotive Service TechnologyNo Criteria

Marketing Academy2.5 GPA

Band/Music Industry2.0 GPA

Mathematics, Science & Engineering3.0 GPA + Algebra I & II Honors & Geometry Honors required

Biomedical Sciences
(FAU College of Medicine- Healthcare Careers Outreach Program (HCOP)
3.0 GPA + Algebra I or Algebra I Honors required

Medical Sciences3.0 GPA + Algebra I or Algebra I Honors recommended

Biotechnology3.0 GPA

Music - Band2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

Center for Pre-Law/Law related Careers2.5 GPA

Music - Keyboard/Piano2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

Communication Arts2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos

Music - Strings2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

Computer Science3.0 GPA + Algebra I Honors & Geometry Honors required

Music - Vocal2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

Computer Technology3.0 GPA + Algebra I Honors & Geometry Honors required

Navy Junior ROTCNo Criteria

ConstructionNo Criteria

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math3.0 GPA

Criminal Justice2.5 GPA

Small School ContinuumNo Criteria

Culinary ArtsNo Criteria

Sports Management & Recreation2.5 GPA

Dance2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

Teacher Education3.0 GPA

Drafting & Design2.0 GPA

Television & Film Production TechnologyNo Criteria

Early Childhood Teacher Education2.5 GPA

Theatre2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

Engineering & Technology2.5 GPA

Tourism, Hospitality, & Resort Mgmt.No Criteria

Entrepreneurship2.5 GPA

Visual Arts2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

Environmental Research & Field Research2.5 GPA

Visual Arts (Digital Media & Photography)2.0 GPA

Equine/Pre-Veterinary3.0 GPA + Algebra I or Algebra I Honors required

Web and Digital Design2.5 GPA

Film, Photo & Digital Media2.0 GPA + Audition pass for Dreyfoos only

 


North Area High School

Choice Programs

A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts – (2.0 GPA & Audition Pass)

  • Communication Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts, Dance
  • Film, Photo & Digital Media
  • Music - Band
  • Music - Keyboard/Piano
  • Music - Strings
  • Music - Vocal

 

Jupiter High

  • Engineering & Technology- 2.5 GPA
  • Environmental Science and Field Research – 2.5 GPA
  • Medical Sciences – Pre-Medicine – 3.0 GPA

 

Palm Beach Gardens High

  • Culinary Arts – No Criteria
  • Global Business & Entrepreneurship – 2.5 GPA
  • Medical Sciences – Pre-Medicine – 3.0 GPA
  • Sports Management & Recreation – 2.5 GPA
  • Television & Film Production Technology – No Criteria
  • Tourism, Hospitality, & Resort Management – No Criteria

 

Suncoast High

  • Computer Science – 3.0 GPA , Alg. I Honors, Geometry Honors
  • Innovative Interactive Technology – No Criteria
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme – 3.0 GPA, Alg. I Honors recommended
  • Mathematics, Science, & Engineering – 3.0 GPA, Alg. I & II Honors, Geometry Honors required

 

W.T. Dwyer High

  • Early Childhood Teacher Education – 2.5 GPA
  • Finance – 2.5 GPA
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme – 3.0 GPA, Alg. I Honors recommended

 

Palm Beach Lakes High

  • Biotechnology – 3.0 GPA
  • Center for Pre-Law/Law Related Careers – 2.5 GPA
  • Early Childhood Teacher Education – 2.5 GPA
  • Medical Sciences – Pre-Medicine – 3.0 GPA
  • Teacher Education – 3.0 GPA

 

 

 

OPEN HOUSE DATES

 

A.W. Dreyfoos Jr School of the Arts:

November 14, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m.: Dance, Music & Theater Programs

November 7, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m.: Communications, Digital Media & Visual Arts

W.T. Dwyer HS:

November 13, 2018 @ 6:00

Palm Beach Gardens HS:

November 15, 2018 @ 6:00

Jupiter HS:

November 13, 2018 @ 6:00

Suncoast HS:

November 15, 2018 @ 5:30

 

Showcase of Schools at The South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center:

October 16, 2018

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Additional information can be found on the Palm Beach County School District website:

www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms

 

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