Four Year Educational Plan and Graduation Requirements
    for Criminal Justice Academy Students
    • Electives can be chosen from any of the courses offered at Pinellas Park High School including foreign languages, band, art, computers, etc.
    • Remember there are honors and regular levels available in the academic courses.

     Course Progression

    * Denotes dual enrollment

    High School Graduation Requirements

    • 4 Credits of English

    • 4 Credits of Math (1 must be Algebra 1, 1 must be Geo)

    • 3 Credits of Science (1 must be Biology)

    • 3 Credits of Social Studies (World History, US History, Econ/Govt)

    • 1 Fine Arts Credit

    • 1 HOPE Credit (or sports participant for 2 seasons. See Mrs. Gilbert for the form)

    • 1 Online Course (passing Microsoft Office Bundle gives online course credit)

    • 8 Electives

    • Unweighted 2.0 GPA

    • Passing Score on Grade 10 FSA ELA test and Passing Score on Algebra 1 EOC or SAT/ACT Concordant Score


    Additional Criminal Justice Graduation Requirements

    • 4 Credits in Criminal Justice Operations (CJO 1-4)

    • 100 Bright Futures Hours Community Service (completed by December of senior year)

    • 5th Credit in Criminal Justice (African-American History, AP Seminar, AP Microeconomics, International Relations*, The College Experience*, Introduction to Crime Scene Technology*, Introduction to Forensics*) *signifies Dual Enrollment Course. SPC ID and specific GPA Required

    • Accelerated Performance Credit (Industry Certification, Dual Enrollment credit, Passing AP score)



    The Criminal Justice Academy presents a significant selection of specialized courses for its students.

    Criminal Justice I (9th) & Criminal Justice II (10th):  These courses are required for freshmen and sophomores.  They are overviews of the entire American legal system introducing the basic features of the criminal justice system and the court system.  Students become familiar with the wide range of law-related careers. Students in these courses learn skills including reading the Miranda Rights, proper handcuffing techniques, firearms safety and use, and traffic stops. 

    In 11th grade, students will take Criminal Justice III:  This year-long course will be taken by all juniors.  CJA III covers a variety of subjects such a criminal investigations and forensic analysis. Students in this course will learn skills including forensic photography, fingerprinting, and crime scene sketching. 

     In 12th grade, students take  Criminal Justice IV. In this senior level course, students will learn skills including traffic crash investigation and will learn more in-depth court and trial procedures.