Crooms Academy of Information Technology is an amazing school with a rich history. While we recognize the importance of its history, we will not go into it but rather mention and look at the things they are doing now. All of this, and more, can be found at croomsaoit.org.
The School Community
The School Community Crooms Academy of Information Technology, located in the city of Sanford, Florida, is Seminole County Public School’s only dedicated magnet high school. All students who reside in Seminole County and have successfully completed the 8th grade may apply for admission. Students must submit the High School Magnet Program Application through the SCPS Choices Department and be chosen in the random selection process.
The size of the campus allows for the capacity of approximately 600 students. The composition of the student population is 56% White, 21% Hispanic, 15% African American, 2% Multiracial, 4% Asian, 1% American Indian, and 1% Pacific Islander.
The school offers a well-rounded high school experience with a sound academic program and technology focused coursework in the areas of multimedia design technology, computer programming, and network systems technology. Crooms’ students benefit from a small school environment and individualized attention, opportunities to earn college credits through the Early College program at Seminole State College of Florida, Advanced Placement coursework, and Career Pathways. The school offers expansive dual enrollment coursework leading to the Associates Degree in Information Systems Technology (SSC) and the Bachelors Degree in Information Systems Technology (UCF).
Crooms Academy of Information Technology has three administrators, two guidance counselors, a careers specialist, a technology facilitator, two network specialists, an integrated learning specialist, a literacy coach, a media specialist, and 36 certified teachers. Fifty-seven percent of the staff holds advanced degrees and our full-time teachers and administrators have an average of over 10 years of experience. Our student to teacher ratio is 16:1.
In May 2013, Crooms Academy administered 291 Advanced Placement exams to 172 students and earned a pass rate of 56.4%.
SAT Mean Scores for 2012-2013
- National Average – 1498
- State Average – 1457
- Crooms Academy Average – 1582
2013 FCAT 2.0 and End of Course Exam Scores
(Highest in the district based off the 2012 – 2013 test scores)
- Reading 77.1%
- Algebra I EOC 66.1%
- Writing (3.5) 70.0%
- Geometry EOC 87.7%
- Biology EOC 93.0%
2013-2014 Graduation Requirements
(26 credits are required for graduation)
- English 4.0
- Personal Fitness 0.5
- Mathematics 4.0
- Physical Education 0.5
- Science 4.0
- Performing/Fine Arts 1.0
- Social Studies 3.0
- Electives 9.0
- School grade of “A” on Florida’s School Accountability Report
- Ranked in Top Ten Percent Highest Performing High Schools in State of Florida
- Ranked No. 1 in the nation on US News and World Report’s rankings of Most Connected Classrooms
- Recognized in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as a Distinguished Academy by the National Academy Foundation
- Recognized in 2013 as a Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America
- Listed in US News and World Report’s list of US Best High Schools
- Consistently listed in Newsweek as one of US Best High Schools
- 98% graduation rate in 2013
- Florida Department of Education Five Star School Award for exemplary programs that integrate school and community involvement
Did You Know …..
Crooms Academy boasts many staff and students with impressive resumes including:
- A social studies teacher, Brad Barsalou, was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Seminole County Public Schools.
- A science teacher, Derek Jensen, who was selected as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for Seminole County Public Schools.
- A business partner, Symantec Corporation, won the STEMflorida Award for their partnership with Crooms AOIT to enhance student learning experiences and enrich the curriculum.
- A team of students placed 1st in the state of Florida and 15th in the nation in the Cisco NetRiders Competition.
- A student placed 1st in Visual Basic Programming and a team of students placed 1st in Presentation Management at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference.
- A team of students were semi-finalists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
- A student was selected as a finalist in the National Adobe Web Design Competition.
- A team of students were chosen as top-20 finalists in the Act Out Loud Contest sponsored by the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) for developing Reynolds’ Right Hands, an outreach group to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
- Students participate in the Keystone Center Youth Policy Summit in Keystone, Colorado to address contemporary real-life environmental, energy, and public health issues.
- An engineering team won Lockheed Martin’s high school engineering design competition.
- Crooms Academy PTSA was awarded the Membership Award for the greatest numerical increase in high schools.