Park Vista Community High School
|Park Vista Community High School|
|7900 Jog Road
Lake Worth, Florida, 33467
|School district||School District of Palm Beach County|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and Black|
Park Vista Community High School (PVCHS, PVHS, PV) is a public high school in Lake Worth, Florida, United States.
Park Vista Community High School is one of the top-rated high schools in Palm Beach County, earning a Golden School Award by Palm Beach County each year since its inception. The school offers four academies (Information Technology, Television and Film, Medical, and Automotive), which students follow to act as their high school "major" and imparts various skills to apply to college and/or the job market. These academies act as the school's magnet program and draw students throughout Palm Beach County. In 2012, the school offered students three college dual enrollment courses (College Algebra, Medical Terminology, and Health Concepts) and 23 Advanced Placement classes on campus. PVCHS has been consecutively rated as an "A" school by the Florida Department of Education and the School District of Palm Beach County.
In 2011, Park Vista Community High School rose 200 spots on the High School Challenge list of America's top high schools in the Washington Post. The Cobra band, chorus, yearbook, athletic teams, academic teams and societies have been awarded numerous accolades at the District and State level. Advanced Placement Scholar Awards were awarded to 178 students in recognition of their exceptional performance on the college level AP exams in 2012.
Park Vista Community High School offers four academies, or magnet programs, that serve as a specialization of study to the student throughout his or her years at the school. Students in the Information Technology, Medical, and Automotive academies are offered opportunities to earn industry certifications, that will be designated on students' diplomas when they graduate.
The Information Technology (IT) Academy is the largest academy at Park Vista Community High School. It focuses primarily on multimedia, offering courses such as Introduction to Information Technology (must be taken Freshman year), Digital Video, New Media, Web Design (I, II, and III), Video Game Design, etc. There are also some courses related to computer support, teaching students about the mechanics of computers. Each academy member, depending on the class, works with numerous forms of technology. These include digital video cameras, green screens, iMac computers, and sound equipment. Some of the software and multimedia programs that are used by students in the academy are: Microsoft Office, Adobe Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Final Cut Pro.
Television and Film
The Television and Film Academy houses state-of-the-art equipment, with its own studio including a green screen, control room, and editing bay area. This area is complete with 11 iMac computers, which are used with Final Cut Pro and LiveType for editing projects, music videos, commercials, transitions, and openers. This academy produces the morning announcements, performed by the sophomores on seven period and even block days, and by juniors on odd block days. The announcements are ultimately a team show, acquiring fifteen people to fill all of the various positions to produce the show. The academy is broken down by different levels, based on school year (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). Freshmen take a TV 1 course, followed by sophomores taking TV 2, juniors taking TV 3, and seniors taking TV 4 to complete their duration in the academy.
Park Vista Community High School's Medical Academy is currently a four-year long program. The program consists of Medical Skills & Services, an entry level course;± Health Science 1, a course that mainly focuses on Anatomy and Physiology; Health Science 2, focused on several aspects of the medical field; and three exiting courses: Nursing Assistant 3, Allied Health 3, and First Responder 3.
MSS was dropped after the 2007-2008 school year. Students entering the academy as freshmen during the 2008-2009 school year and after will begin their medical training with the Health Science 1 course. Forensic Science was added as a 4th exiting course.
Park Vista Community High School's Automotive Academy houses a state-of-the-art automotive shop, with 17 lifts, two paint booths, and tire-balancing machines, among other equipment.
As of 2011:
- Baseball: Freshman, Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Basketball (Boys', Girls'): Freshman, Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Bowling: Varsity
- Cross-Country: Freshman, Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Football: Freshman, Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Flag Football: Varsity
- Golf (Boys', Girls'): Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Lacrosse (Girls): Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Accomplishments Include: District Champions: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; County Champions: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; Regional Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010; State Finalists: 2008, 2009, 2010
- Lacrosse (Boys'*): Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Cross Country (Boys', Girls'): Varsity
- Soccer (Boys', Girls'): Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Track/Field: Varsity
- Volleyball* (Girls'): Freshman, Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Volleyball* (Boys'): Junior Varsity, Varsity
- Wrestling: Junior Varsity, Varsity
* Sport is not supported by school.
Overcrowding and re-zoning
The school's current student population is approximately 2960 students. From 2005-2009, the School District of Palm Beach County worked alongside Park Vista Community High School and other high schools in the area to reestablish the school's residential zoning. This included changing the boundaries of neighboring communities in Lake Worth and Boynton Beach to send students of the school that lived in these communities to other high schools in the district, namely Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach Community High School. These changes were made only for incoming students, meaning that any student already attending the school would automatically gain the right to stay in the school until they graduate. However, during this time, incoming students that were accepted into one of the four academies that the school offered were welcome to study at PVCHS, even if they resided outside of the specified residential zoning area of the school.
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