Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT)

  • lakewood_CATLakewood High School
    1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg
    (727) 893-2926, ext.2118

    Designated as a Center of Excellence

    To attend this program, parents must apply online during the Application Period in January.

    Ranked as the 16th best program in the nation by Newsweek magazine, this college-preparatory program prepares students for entry into engineering, medicine, science, multimedia, communications and computer science careers. Students experience hands-on projects with robotics, satellite communications and multimedia technologies.
    Academic Profile of a Successful Student

    The Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) program at Lakewood High School is an academically rigorous program in which students participate in honors or Advanced Placement (AP) level courses in math, science, computers, social studies or language arts. In addition, students in this program participate in elective courses which may include technology, world language, robotics, or other honors and AP level academic electives. Students who typically do well in this program earn mostly As and Bs on their report cards, maintaining a 2.5 average and earn a score of 325 or higher on their FSA mathematics and language arts assessments. Most students will also have completed and passed Algebra I prior to entering 9th grade. Students new to Pinellas County Schools who do not have an FSA score, can look at their standardized test scores from their previous school to determine if they have at least a 4 stanine or higher in both reading/language arts and mathematics.


    Once enrolled in the program, students must attend all classes regularly, maintain a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and earn a passing grade in all courses attempted as well as abide by the Code of Student Conduct. Falling below these expectations may result in placement on probation and/or dismissal from the program. Please review the District Application Program Procedures available on the Pinellas County Schools website for further information.