Pre-academies are designed to help students build foundational knowledge that will prepare students to succeed in high school career academies, where the will receive workforce training and be eligible to earn industry certifications. SWMS’ pre-academies were created based on student interest, connection to local businesses and future career opportunities. SWMS’ pre-academies include:


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The Seminole Pre-Agriculture Academy offers students a basic understanding of agriculture through a focus on plants, animals, and natural resources. Students also learn about the safety procedures related to agricultural production. Aquaculture studies allow students to gain experience in farming plants and animals in marine environments. Instruction and learning takes place in both a traditional classroom setting and an outdoor agricultural lab, providing students with the opportunity for practical, experiential learning through the use of equipment, materials, and technology appropriate to the course content. Level I and II classes serve as prerequisites to a high school credit agriculture class offered to students in their eighth-grade year (beginning in the 2020-2021 school year).


Two students washing dishes in the Culinary Pre-academy classroom

The Seminole Pre-Culinary Academy prepares students for careers in the areas of culinary arts and hospitality. In the sixth grade, students are provided a basic understanding of family and consumer sciences as they engage in activities related to career research/planning, family and children, and life management skills. Level II students learn about the hospitality industry by exploring food and beverages, lodging, travel, tourism, and recreation. These students also begin to focus on skills directly related to culinary arts, including the use of basic kitchen equipment, following recipes, and the safe preparation of food. Level I and II courses will serve as prerequisites to a high school credit culinary course offered to students in their eighth-grade year.

Pre-Media Design

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The Seminole Pre-Media Design Academy provides students with experience in the area of video broadcasting and film production. Students gain knowledge in the pre-production, production and post-production phases of media design while using professional equipment and software. Students learn to better communicate and collaborate as they utilize their skills to create polished video segments and full broadcast news shows. Level I and II serve as prerequisites to a high school credit video production class offered to students in their eighth-grade year.

Pre-Business Technology

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The Seminole Pre-Business Technology Academy provides students with the foundational skills necessary to compete in an ever-changing, technology-based society. Students learn practical keyboarding skills and work toward becoming experts in the Microsoft Suite, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Access applications. Students also utilize internet platforms for practical business applications. Level I and II courses serve as prerequisites to a high school credit business course offered to students in their eighth-grade year.

STEAM Academy

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The Seminole STEAM Academy places emphasis on the academic areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. STEAM Academy students engage in experiential learning, develop problem-solving skills, embrace collaboration, and foster creative thinking. Through their study of the Arts, students broaden their artistic skills and their ability to engage in higher-order thinking skills by infusing band, chorus, orchestra, and/or studio art with rigorous core-content coursework.


Southwest Middle School students may take up to three electives per school year, depending on whether they are performing at grade level. The school offers a vibrant selection of elective classes designed to engage students’ interests and pique their curiosity. Elective classes meet every day for 50 minutes. Electives include:


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Business Applications

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Culinary Arts

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Video Production

Student looking at a computer screen while they edit a video