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Academies & Programs of interest

If you would like to discuss academy class options please email or call Kristina Bransford at [email protected]


Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences

Mission Statement: The Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences at Pedro Menendez High School will provide engaging and relevant curriculum in a supportive environment. Through applied learning students will develop confidence, acquire real world skills, and become productive members of society.

Architectural Strand:  Students are exposed to industry professional experience with hands-on learning in the areas of architecture and technical drafting (code:PMHSABSD). Students progress through four level of drafting courses to earn current industry certifications in AutoCAD, Revit and Inventor programs.  Advanced students may continue in SolidWorks programming.  Juniors have the opportunity for summer internships putting their skills to work in the real-world.  Seniors can work part time with local drafting and engineering firms for part of their school day.  Students leave our academy with advance architectural skill for a seamless transition into either college classes or the workforce.

Building Sciences Strand:  Construction students (code: PMHSABBCT) are hands-on in our state-of-the-art workshop.  After moving through the four courses, students have the complete construction package from reading drafting plans to the finish build.  Students practice their construction, electrical, and plumbing skills on many community service projects in our county.  Student’s alternate days, learning the industry certification skills and working in our shop.  Students may become NCCER core and carpentry certified. Juniors and seniors may become NCCER electrical and/or plumbing certified.  This academy is a great fit for students who love the challenge of working with their hands.

The ABS academy follows a core academic curriculum for students who would like to attend a university, junior or technical college, or pursue an immediate career path.  Students participate in curriculum-based clubs: SkillsUSA and/or ACE.  For additional information contact:  Kristina Bransford, 904-547-8681, or email: [email protected]

VyStar Academy of Business

VyStar Academy of Business

Mission Statement: VyStar Academy of Business at Pedro Menendez High School will provide engaging and relevant curriculum in a supportive and nurturing environment. Through applied learning students develop confidence, long-lasting relationships, and a sense of community.

Business Strand:  Business students participate in a rigorous curriculum that includes the option for dual enrollment courses through St. Johns River State College. Students complete real-world entrepreneurship experience.  Many have the option to put these skills to work in our school store or work in our fully functioning VyStar credit union on campus in our business analysis course.  Industry certification opportunities are Microsoft, Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB), Master ESB, and Project Management Ready. This academy is perfect to get you ready for a career in the business world or continue your business education!

Digital Design Strand:  This academy is an excellent fit for the creative student who loves marketing, advertising, and multimedia using Adobe products.  Students work through four levels of courses to earn industry leading certifications in the latest Photoshop and Illustrator Adobe products.  Additionally, students may obtain their Entrepreneurship and Small Business certification as they master their marketing and advertising skills.  Students design school sponsored t-shirts, logos and much more for our school store.  Our yearbook course offers advanced student the chance to put their publishing skills to work to produce our school yearbook. 

VyStar business academy (code: PMHSVBFBF)participates in the Future Business Leaders of America, a curriculum-based club. These students experience guest speakers, field trips and can compete at the regional and state levels. FBLA membership can continue in many colleges and universities.  For additional information contact:  Kristina Bransford, 904-547-8681, or email: [email protected].

UF Health St. Johns Academy of Future Healthcare Professionals

Mission Statement: The UF Health St. Johns Academy of Future Healthcare Professionals is committed to exposing students to a rigorous curriculum in the healthcare fields to prepare them for college and careers and provide hands-on, real-world experiences with business and community partners.

The UF Health St. Johns Academy of Future Healthcare Professional (code: PMHSFLHMC) offers students a unique opportunity combining classroom learning with real-world experiences.  Juniors may participate in job shadowing and summer internships at local medical facilities.  Seniors immerse themselves for two class periods at the hospital shadowing doctors, nurses, and staff to gain a real-world insight to daily clinical life.  Students participate in the curriculum-based club HOSA which offers industry guest speakers, field trips, and competitions.  Industry certification opportunities are:  Basic Life Savings, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Electrocardiograph Technician and Certified Patient Care Technician Assistant.  This academy has students ready for immediate employment in a medical facility or college ready for a major in many medical areas. 

For additional information contact:  Kristina Bransford, 904-547-8681, or email: [email protected]. UFU

Programs of Interest

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Pedro Menendez High School is one of three high schools in the St. Johns County School District that have international acceleration programs.  Students zoned for Allen D. Nease, Pedro Menendez or St. Augustine High Schools are not eligible to apply for the international acceleration programs at schools other than their zoned school. In addition to applying to these programs through the Program of Choice application process, students will have to be deemed academically eligible to be accepted into these programs. A Teacher Recommendation Form must be submitted by all four core academic teachers.

Early College Program

Early College Program is available to all eligible students on a “space available” basis.  There are specific application and eligibility requirements for this program, which is provided in partnership with St. Johns River State College.  The program is available in two locations, however accepted students who are zoned for another high school are responsible for transportation. Please read the requirements and visit both the PMHS School Counseling Department website and the St. Johns River State College website for additional information.