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Deadline to Apply for Specialized High School Programs Feb. 3

Goose Creek CISD eighth-graders have more options than ever before when considering their high school plans, but the deadline to make their selections, February 3, is drawing near. Students must apply during the month of February during their eighth-grade year to be able to attend any of these programs. Goose Creek CISD offers something for everyone in preparation for college and careers, including seven career academies and two early college high school options.


Bus transportation is available for all students attending any of the career academies or early college high schools. Applications for these options for high school must be completed online by February 3, 2019. Students and parents needing assistance in completing the application can attend a special help session January 29 at Stuart Career Tech High School.


Goose Creek CISD has developed seven career academies through feedback from GCCISD’s business and industry partners to target some of the high-wage, high-demand jobs.


“Students in these academies will receive hands-on, project-based instruction in their area of interest that is focused on the goal of earning certifications and college credit toward their degree or employment immediately following high school graduation,” said Renea Dillon, director of CTE.


Each career academy focuses on one of the following career pathways: Agriculture Science, Automotive Technology and Collision Repair, Biomedical Science, Business Administration, Culinary Arts, Engineering, and Manufacturing & Industrial Maintenance.


Next year’s freshmen have the option to apply to one of the three academies offered at the three traditional high schools in GCCISD. The Global Business Academy is housed at Goose Creek Memorial (GCM) High School. Students in this academy complete a four-year pathway in a rigorous High School of Business curriculum, which can be supplemented with dual credit courses and other electives to learn the skills involved in the type of business they are interested in developing. Students can graduate from GCM prepared for a rigorous college business administration major with college credit and business certifications.


The Health Science Academy is located at Ross S. Sterling High School. Students in this career academy begin with a focus on biomedical science. Students are engaged by the rigorous Project Lead the Way curriculum, which provides weighted grade points toward their GPA, much like the other pre-AP classes they take. Students are provided many opportunities to explore the fast-growing number of medical occupations and even develop innovative ideas to improve areas in the various health-related occupations.


The third career academy that is on a traditional campus is the STEM-Engineering Academy at Robert E. Lee High School, which helps students learn the many different facets of engineering and engineering technology, especially as it relates to the petrochemical, aerospace and environmental industries on the Gulf Coast. This academy also uses a rigorous Project Lead the Way curriculum that can result in college credit. Mentors from local industry assist students in learning which type of engineering they want to pursue before they begin applying for college.

Four career academy options are available to students who apply to Stuart Career Tech High School (SCTHS), which is also an early college high school. SCTHS is focused on earning college degrees in Career and Technical Education (CTE) fields including Culinary Arts, Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance, Agriculture Sciences (including Environmental Studies and Veterinary Tech certifications), and Automotive and Collision Repair.


IMPACT Early College High School provides one more option for prospective freshmen. At this nationally-recognized school, students focus on academics with the goal of graduating with a high school diploma as well as an associate degree from Lee College or at least some college hours to apply to a degree.


Students may apply for up to three of these high school options in a single application that is available on the district’s web page between now and February 3. Students will be notified February 15 which High School Option they were selected to attend.


Altogether, Goose Creek CISD eighth graders are able to choose among 41 programs of study in all five endorsement areas. Very few districts offer these diverse and specialized educational opportunities, so Goose Creek CISD eighth grade students should carefully consider their options as they create their graduation plans and begin their high school experience. Applications to the academies, Stuart Career Tech High School and IMPACT Early College High School are available on the Goose Creek CISD website at


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