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ACADEMICS

PPCA is committed to providing you with rigorous academics necessary to prepare you for college level studies and critical life skills. At PPCA expect homework and assessments that measure your knowledge and support needed to succeed; however, do not expect extra credit. Homework is a key component of the learning process and academic success. Teachers thoughtfully plan relevant homework assignments to ensure student mastery of skills. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments and to use the feedback provided by the teacher to build skills and knowledge.

Dual Enrollment Program with Polk State College

The Dual Enrollment program at Polk State College provides accelerated opportunities to academically talented students from Polk Pre-Collegiate (PPCA). Dual Enrollment allows PPCA students to take college classes while in high school and earn credit for those college courses that will count towards both high school diploma and college degree requirements.

FAQ's

The staff at PPCA will walk each student through the process. Students will be offered Dual Enrollment courses in the Fall and Spring terms.

Dual Enrollment students are required to take the Online Student Orientation. The orientation process is usually completed in the classroom.

Our staff will guide students through the registration process.

All textbooks and instructional tools will be purchased by PPCA, for each dual enrolled student.

Microsoft Certification

Provide your students with in-demand skills and credentials that help them get ahead.

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Program provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through our new project-based testing. These exams include multiple, small projects within Microsoft Office. Students and professionals will be tested on one project at a time. These small projects will test their skills as they would in the real world and the validate their understanding of the Microsoft Office program functionality. This guarantees that every certified user has demonstrated the ability to operate the full of features and gives students a commanding competitive edge in today’s academic and professional environments.

Robotics

The Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User exam demonstrates competency  in computer-aided design (CAD). The exam covers the basic use of the AutoCAD software as well as basic drafting and design techniques. An individual earning this certification has approximately 150 hours of instruction and hands-on experience with the product, has proven competency at an industry entry-level and is ready to enter into the job market.

Exam Objectives

Individuals who have earned an Autodesk Certified User certification have demonstrated mastery of the following skills:

  • Apply basic drawing skills
  • Draw objects
  • Draw with accuracy
  • Modify objects
  • Use additional drawing techniques
  • Organize objects
  • Reuse existing content
  • Annotate drawings
  • Layouts and printing
  • Apply basic drawing skills

Competitive Speech & Debate Team

Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy is an active member of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) and the Florida Civics & Debate Inititative.

The Impact

Speech and debate changes lives. NSDA membership builds confidence, boosts classroom performance, improves communication, and increases critical thinking skills to prepare students for college. Our activity provides life skills vital to a young person’s success in the future.

Students-Unlock your Superpower!

Harness the power of your  mind, find your voice, and discover your true capabilities through speech and debate.

Become Part of a Team

NSDA membership is school based. When you join a team or help start one at your school, you’ll pursue excellence with your teammates as you learn and improve together.

Competition Events

Students at Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy participate regularly in speech and competitions throughout the year.

Speech Events

  • Commentary
  • Declamation
  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Expository
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Humorous Interpretations
  • Impromptu
  • Informative Speaking
  • Original Oratory
  • Poetry
  • Program Oral Interpretation
  • Prose
  • Storytelling

Debate Events

  • Big Question Debate
  • Congressional Debate
  • Extemporaneous Debate
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Policy Debate
  • Public Forum Debate
  • World School Debate
NASA STEAM PROGRAM POlk county PPCA

Experience NASA STEM

PPCA is proud to partner with NASA for the integration of STEM academics through the implementation of NASA projects and activities:

Students will: 

  • Connect with the International Space System (ISS) astronauts through conversations, videos and will learn about life on the ISS and what countries they represent.
  • Track the orbit of the ISS, learn about the spacewalks, and witness the return to earth for the astronauts.
  • Code a programmable toy vehicle to travel to designated waypoints-like the Curiosity Rover's adventure on Mars.
  • Use a 3-D printer to produce flight-ready components for the International Space Station.
  • Use NASA's data to track sea-level change and its causes from space.



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