• The Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) at Lakewood High School was recognized by Magnet Schools of America as a 2024 Magnet School of Distinction!

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The Premier STEM Program in Pinellas County!

  • At the Center for Advanced Technologies, we take our mission to heart:
    To provide high quality, application-based learning opportunities in a state-of-the-art, supportive environment. 

    CAT students are creators, problem-solvers, communicators, and innovators!  They take courses in robotics, Artificial Intelligence, computer programming, content creation, and much more.    

    Students who graduate from the CAT program are prepared for careers in: engineering, architecture, medicine, multimedia technology/production, scientific research, computer science and information technologies. The program provides real-world experiences through partnerships, mentorships and apprentice opportunities with community businesses. Students complete and present a capstone project.

    CAT Program Highlights

Our Team

Our principles & practices

  • 01. Student Centered
    Here at the Center for Advanced Technologies we do everything we can to make a student successful. The CAT program has a full time guidance counselor and academic coaches who are assigned a small group of students.
    02. Academic Coaching
    Through biweekly one-on-one meetings with teachers, students in the CAT program can focus in on the accomplishments and obstacles in their courses, and make an action plan on how to be the most successful in their courses.
    03.Scientific Research
    Unique to CAT, Research classes are designed to enable students to have a much deeper education into the specific subject of their choice. Every year, students engage in their own individual research projects, which are entered into local science fairs and frequently win awards.
    04. Cross-Curriculum Integration
    The CAT program's course guidelines and structure are designed to create a synergistic learning environment, even between classes. Skills and lessons that students learn in DIT and Foundations of Programming can be applied in other classes like Robotics I-IV and Procedural Programming. Students can also find their program-issued Venue tablets integrating technology into every class, being used for anything from notetaking, to interactive lessons, to project creation, and much more.
    05. Service
    Lakewood offers many opportunities for school and community service through its sports teams and clubs like NHS and the recently established Key Club. These extracurricular groups participate in restoration projects around the school and volunteer at service events to enhance the community as a whole.
    06. Career Preparation
    On top of their education, CAT students are trained for the real world through industry certifications in many of their CAT classes. These certifications uphold standards for companies and teach students the skills and lessons required to succeed in business situations and environments.