Colleges and Universities look for students that have pushed themselves with rigorous course offerings. In addition, today there are many avenues for earning college credit while in high school at no cost to your family.
Every St. Lucie high school offers courses of this nature and we encourage you to explore these options if you opt to attend your zoned school. Each of our high schools offers Advanced Placement courses approved by the College Board. These are rigorous courses meeting national college standards.
Students may also take Dual Enrollment classes through Indian River State College that allow students to earn college credit that is tuition-free. Through zoned assignment to Treasure Coast High School and St. Lucie West Centennial High School, qualifying students may take the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) affiliated with the University of Cambridge. We also want to make you aware of the programs that you may apply for across attendance zones that may meet your unique needs.
These attractor programs are special curriculum options for which transportation is provided through a slightly more limited community hub bus stop system. Each program requires a unique application for entry as well as a district application. Parents are asked to submit an application to only one program as multiple seats will not be held for each student. If students are not accepted into their original choice, there will be a second round of applications for programs where seats are available.
We appreciate your support and look forward to meeting your child’s instructional needs. Please note that meeting entry criteria does not guarantee admission, as seats are limited.
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Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)
An international curriculum and examination system that emphasises the value of broad and balanced study. Alongside in-depth understanding of a variety of subjects, students also need to master a broader range of skills critical for success in university study and employment. The program offers students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their individual interests, abilities and future plans within an international curriculum framework.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Available at all High Schools
AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. Since 1955, the AP Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.
Aerospace and Engineering Academy
This unique program is the result of a partnership with one of the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious universities specializing in aviation and aerospace, Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University. Enrollment in this exciting career technical program incorporates dual enrollment college credit with Embry‐Riddle.
Students enrolled in this career technical program have the unique opportunity to work in the field with hands‐on experiences. Through the Agriscience program students learn various aspects of the agricultural field including working with live farm animals and participating in competitions. This program allows for open enrollment, requiring only an interest in the field. Students completing the program earn Indian River State College credit through our articulation agreement and may be eligible for Gold Seal scholarships. In addition, students may earn industry certification as an Agricultural Technician.
Available at all High Schools
Dual Enrollment is an advanced academic program that allows students to take college courses at Indian River State College starting the summer before their junior year. Students that choose this program can receive college credit as well as high school credit, which contribute to meeting graduation requirements. Students should see their counselor for a complete list of courses that qualify for Dual Enrollment.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
IB is a rigorous, prestigious pre‐university course of study leading to examinations. IB meets the needs of highly motivated and academically‐inclined secondary school students. This program is offered at two schools.
PSLHS is proud to offer the IB program, the newest college level program in St. Lucie County. IB students at PSLHS may take a flexible schedule of IB courses designed to capitalize on individual strengths. These courses may be combined with other college level course options or students may opt to seek the complete IB diploma through full time enrollment.
LPA has a proud history of successful IB graduates. The program at LPA requires full time enrollment in the IB program. Students will work toward the full IB diploma.
Available at all High Schools
- St. Lucie West Centennial High School (Naval)
- Fort Pierce Central High School (Army)
- Fort Pierce Westwood Academy (Army)
- Treasure Coast High School (Air Force)
- Port St. Lucie High School (Army)
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces.
Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA)
For students interested in marine biology, there is a unique opportunity that allows students to work with the most renowned scientists in the field. The MOA program is located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University’s world renowned Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. Students take college level classes through Advanced Placement and through Dual Enrollment while also working with scientists in field experiences on their water front campus.
Veterinary Science Academy
Students in the veterinary program work with live animals learning medical procedures preparing them for a future in the field or with the skills and knowledge they need that will give them an advantage in veterinary college. Teachers are experts in the field exposing students to procedures and surgeries with the assistance of local veterinarians in the school’s working lab. Students may earn an industry certification as a Certified Veterinary Assistant that qualifies them for entry level positions in the field. This program allows for open enrollment, requiring only an interest in the field.