Denison Middle School Pre-Academies (Electives)

Academy of Culinary Arts (Panther Café)

In the Pathways Café, students will have the opportunity to explore different culinary careers.  Students will learn how to prepare meals, the proper presentation of meals, kitchen safety, and menu development. This pre-academy will prepare students for Winter Haven High School or Lake Region High School’s respective Culinary Academies. It will also prepare students for Winter Haven High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.

Academy of Public Service (Denison Cadets)

Denison Cadets learn about careers in Law, Public Safety and Security.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Military Careers, Emergency and Fire Management. This pre-academy will feed into Lake Region High School’s Academy of Law, Justice, and Governance. It also prepares students to enter any high school’s ROTC programs.

Academy of Communication Technology (ACT)

ACT gives students the opportunity to learn about TV production, graphic design, webpage design, coding and work towards earning ADOBE certification and Microsoft Office Specialist certification. This pre-academy prepares students for Lake Region High School’s Imagination Academy and Winter Haven High School’s Cyber Security Academy or Microsoft Academy.

Academy of Business Management and Computer Application Development, Marketing, E-Book Publishing and Social Media Management (BCAD)

Academy of Business Computing pre-academy focuses on App Development, Business Communications, E-book Publishing, and Social Media Management.  Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. This pre-academy feeds into Lake Region High School’s Imagination Academy or Winter Haven High School’s Cyber Security Academy or Microsoft Academy.

Techno Robotic/ Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math Academy (Techno Robotic/ STEAM)

Students in the Techno Robotics/STEAM pre-academy will focus on engineering and robotic design. Students will participate in advanced classes with a required class in the arts. This pre-academy feeds into Techno-robotics at Winter Haven High School and Lake Region High School’s Engineering Academy.

Academy of Fine Arts

The Fine Arts pre-academy allows students to focus on the particular art of their choice including the following: Chorus, Orchestra, Band, Strings, Guitar, Drama, and Visual Arts. The Academy of Fine Arts prepares students for the performing arts program at any high school.

Pre-Medical Academy (Medical Academy)

Medical students will learn about a wide variety of skills including: physical fitness, stress management, healthy eating, and health-related occupations. This pre-academy introduces students to the concepts needed for Winter Haven or Lake Region’s respective Medical Academies. It also prepares students for any of the team sports available at the high school level.

Cambridge Pre-AICE Program (AICE Program)

The Cambridge curriculum is taught in over 160 countries worldwide. In 1994, the Cambridge PRE-AICE program was first introduced to the United States. Denison is the only University of Cambridge Centre for PRE-AICE in Polk County. The Cambridge Pre-AICE Program will also prepare a student to enter the Cambridge AICE Program at Winter Haven High School. Cambridge courses are demanding pre-university courses that emphasize higher order thinking skills, oral skills, writing skills, problem solving, teamwork and investigative skills. Highly motivated students who excel academically and are well rounded in their extracurricular activities will be attracted to this program.  This program introduces students to a rigorous academic experience.  The program is standards-based and students will be compared to students around the globe. Classroom assessments are designed to prepare students for the competitive and demanding nature of the required written papers of Cambridge.  Course grades are an indicator of potential performance on these written papers. Student applications for the Cambridge Pre-AICE Program can be picked up in the Denison Middle School Main Office.