Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology
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|Motto||"Oh! The Places We'll Go!"|
|Established||1969 (Became Peterson Academies in 1997)|
|Location||Jacksonville, Florida, USA|
|Colors||Blue and Silver|
|Nickname||Frank H., Peterson, or Frankie Pete|
Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology is a public, magnet high school located in Jacksonville, Florida. The school is based around Arts and Technology-based programs, such as Communications, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Aviation Technology, Childcare, Agriculture Science and Robotics.
Students at Peterson earn an Industry Certificate of Completion as well as a High School Diploma. Peterson Academies also offers some 20+ Advanced Placement courses. Frank H. Peterson is a Duval County Career and College Preparatory High School, One of only two in the county.
Majors at Peterson include:
Agriscience and Biotechnology Academy: Kids get to learn how to become a veterinarian, including grooming, and nurturing animals including goats, pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and more.
Automotive Technology Academy: Students in the Automotive Technology Academy study to become Automotive Technicians and Engineers.
Cosmetology Academy: The Cosmetology department teaches cosmetology skills - hair cutting, make-up, waxing, and all the basics in salon care.
Culinary Arts Academy: The Culinary Arts Academy teaches students food service, food preparation, and restaurant hospitality.
Early Childhood Education Academy: The Childhood Development Academy teaches childcare as well as child development (psychological as well as physical.)
Robotics and Manufacturing Academy: Students get to build and program Robots to do as they choose. They also get to do "robot fights" and fly drones.
Students are 44% African American, 39% Caucasian, 10% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 3% Mixed. Peterson Academy has an average enrollment of 1,200 students in grades 9 - 12.
The school to date has no notable alumni.
The high school offers several extra-curricular activities including Student Government, Student Council, Yearbook, Guitar Club, Anime Club, Computer and Radio Technology Club, Drama Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Beta Club, Cosmetology Club, Spanish Club, Rocketry Club, Martial Arts Club, Water Sports Club, Bible Club, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Communities in Schools, SkillsUSA (formerly V.I.C.A.), Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Peterson Roses, Silver Eagle Ambassadors, and men’s and women’s Basketball Teams. The school is currently awaiting approval from the Florida High School Athletic Association to start a football team. After approval it will be at least 2 years before one will be started.
The school was originally built as the Westside Skills Center in 1969. Students from neighborhood high schools attended the Skills Center for half-day programs where they studied vocational programs and attended their neighborhood high schools for standard academic classes. The Skills Center was closed and the school converted to a college preparatory Magnet School in 1999 and no longer offered programs to students who attended other schools.
From 1993 to 1994, there were only 2 graduating classes for a high school diploma.
Students are accepted in the Peterson on a lottery system and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in order to remain enrolled. Peterson, like all public schools in the state of Florida, is held to the FCAT Testing Standard and is rated as an A and B school.