On Wednesday at the chamber’s Business Impact Breakfast: Focus on Education, Superintendent Katherine LeRoy made a big announcement – Winter Haven High School would be the first school in Polk County with Wall-to-Wall academies. This model is used in other school systems around the country, and while Polk County is already a leader in the state for our career academies, this is the first time the wall-to-wall concept will be used.
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Winter Haven High School: LeRoy Announces First ‘Wall-to-Wall’ Academies
Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.
WINTER HAVEN | Winter Haven High School is set to become Polk County’s first “Wall-to-Wall” academy.
That means every student at the school — currently 1,881 — will be involved in a career academy.
Polk Superintendent of Schools Kathryn LeRoy spoke Wednesday morning at Polk State College to more than 100 people from the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.
When she announced Winter Haven High School would be the first “Wall-to-Wall” school, the applause was loud and long.
LeRoy said the intent “is to turn Winter Haven High School into a national model.”
Each student must choose one of five career themes: finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, health science, or engineering. There are a variety of vocations for each theme.
Students will be placed on teams with other students with like interests. LeRoy said students will be exposed to “a rigorous curriculum” to prepare for the world of work or college.
LeRoy said studies show that when high school students participate in such a program, they are more likely to become married or enter into long-term relationships and be custodial parents of their children. Students who otherwise are at risk of dropping out are more likely to graduate, she said.
Gina Williams, principal at WHHS, said t she loves the Wall-to-Wall concept and that it will work well at the school.
“It places students in an area of their choosing,” she said.
Williams said one of the biggest advantages of the new program is students working on teams.