McKeel Academy of Technology

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McKeel Academy of Applied Technology
Established 1987
Type Charter school
Principal Joyce Powell
Students Over 1,000
Grades 7–12
Location Lakeland, Florida, United States
Coordinates 28°02′59″N 81°59′03″W / 28.0496°N 81.9841°W / 28.0496; -81.9841Coordinates: 28°02′59″N 81°59′03″W / 28.0496°N 81.9841°W / 28.0496; -81.9841
District Polk County School District
Colors Hunter Green, Navy Blue, White, and Red [Seniors only]
Mascot Wildcats
Yearbook The Predator
Website www.mckeelacademy.com


McKeel Academy of Technology is a junior and senior high school of over 1,000 students located in Lakeland, Florida, United States. It is located approximately a half mile southeast of Kathleen High School and cannot be viewed from any major road. In addition to being technology oriented, the school stresses career choices for each student. The school originally was Seth McKeel Jr High, and became McKeel Academy in the 1990s. McKeel Academy is a school of choice and students from anywhere within Polk County can attend. Entering students are selected through an open enrollment lottery. Students graduating from one of the McKeel Elementary Schools, siblings of current students, students that were previously in South Mckeel Academy, and children of staff members are given priority.

Students and faculty[edit]

McKeel serves an academically diverse student body. Known as a quality college-preparatory program including several Advanced Placement classes, and a broad array of honors courses. McKeel has a wide range of electives including robotics, art, band, chorus, yearbook, web design, health, iMedia, Ethics, and much more. There are high-school class trips to New York City (9th), Washington D.C. (10th), Wildcat-Rules(A multiple day tour of the top universities in Florida (11th), Florida Keys (12th), and Typhoon Lagoon (all of High School). During their senior year, students are required to do an internship to help get a better understanding of the career field they wish to go into after high school/college. However, many students use the internship program to decide if they want to go in the desired career path they had chosen. Many students also use it to proceed to advanced positions in the workforce upon graduation. They are also required to have 150 hours of Community Service to graduate. McKeel also has a well-staffed and successful ESE program.

Technology[edit]

Being a school of technology, McKeel has equipped all of its classrooms with interactive white boards, commonly called SmartBoard's. The school's network consists of over 200 workstations connected to the Internet via a server cluster. The school also has multiple laptop/netbook/IPad carts that teachers can use for in-class assignments/projects as well as Apple computers. All 8th grade and high school students are provided with iPads to use during the school year, for a nominal fee.

Athletics and clubs[edit]

Boys Sports:(Most have JV & Varsity)

Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Golf, Track & Field, Cross Country, and Tennis.

Girls Sports:(Most have JV & Varsity)

Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Track & Field, Golf, Cross Country, and Tennis.

Clubs:

YIG, Youth in Government, NHS National Honor Society, NJHS National Junior Honor Society, SGA Student Government Association, Chess, Fencing, Art, Drama, Photography, and many more

Growth[edit]

In 2003, McKeel sponsored the charter and creation of McKeel Elementary Academy or MEA housing approximately 340 K-5 students. South McKeel Elementary Academy (approximately 560 K-5 students) opened in 2006. Both elementary schools have been rated as A schools under Florida's school accountability rating system for every year of their operation.

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