Loften High School

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Professional Academies' Magnet @ Loften High School
3000 W. University Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601

United States
MottoEvery Student, Every Day, engaged and experiencing success.
School districtAlachua County School District
PrincipalWilliam McElroy[1]
Faculty18 FTE (on FTE basis)
GradesPreschool and 9 to 12
Enrollment251[2] (2015-16)
Student to teacher ratio11.94
Color(s)Blue and Gold         

The Professional Academies' Magnet @ Loften High School (or W. Travis Loften High School) is a public high school in Gainesville, Florida in the United States. It is part of Alachua County School District and occupies a 174-acre (0.70 km2) campus in a medium-sized community.


Unlike other high schools in the area, Loften is a school where students are regularly zoned to attend and assigned. Loften remains a "school of choice" where students must actively seek the school out and apply as opposed to simply showing up due to location. While this ensures only students who really want to go actually attend, it also means that Loften has a very small student body. Because of this, Loften averages around 300 students in the daytime. These students are divided among 44 teachers in a 4-period block schedule.


Loften was formerly home to the Alachua County Continuing Education for Pregnant Teens (ACCEPT). The program focused on pregnant teens and teen mothers, attempting to continue their education. Loften was the only high school in the area with an on-campus daycare for use by the students. The daycare was provided free of charge and cared for the children from the beginning to the end of a full school day.

Career focus[edit]

Beginning in the Fall of 2007, Loften became Alachua County's premier school for career and technical education. In total, it currently has five career-oriented programs including:

  • Academy of Automotive Technology
  • Academy of Fire and EMS (Firefighting/Emergency Medical Services)
  • Academy of Gaming and Mobile App Development
  • Academy of Robotics and Engineering
  • Institute of Graphic Art and Design

Discontinued Academies

  • Academy of Design and Technology
  • Academy of Early Childhood Education


  • Principal: William McElroy
  • Assistant Principal: Chery Allen
  • Dean: Ms. Taylor


  1. ^ Administration Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. Loften High School. Retrieved on 2008-04-15.
  2. ^ "PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY MAGNET AT LOFTEN HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

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Coordinates: 29°39′07″N 82°17′07″W / 29.6519525°N 82.2852122°W / 29.6519525; -82.2852122