CFK Academy students gather in the stairwell of the high school located on the college’s Key West campus. CONTRIBUTED

What if it were possible to finish high school with an associate’s degree, potentially saving two years of college tuition en route to a bachelor’s degree or beyond? 

CFK Academy makes that possible for college-bound high school students.

The tuition-free public charter high school that opened in August 2023 is located in its own building on the Key West campus of College of the Florida Keys. 

The school also offers career and technical education that enables students to graduate with an industry certification and the skills to start a career in fields such as culinary arts, hospitality, marine repair, technical diving, construction and more.

Prospective middle and high school students and their families can explore CFK Academy, tour the facilities, learn about the curriculum that emphasizes college- or career-readiness and meet students and faculty on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

The CFK Academy focuses on college and career readiness with curriculum centered on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as career technical education (CTE). 

Teachers use a project-based learning approach, which provides hands-on engagement beyond the traditional classroom and helps develop critical-thinking and communication skills. CFK Academy students are encouraged to earn college credit through the college’s dual enrollment program in classes conveniently located on the same campus as the high school. Motivated students can graduate with their high school diploma as well as an associate degree, certificate, and/or industry certification. 

There is no cost to attend the CFK Academy, including the college-level classes, potentially saving families tens of thousands of dollars in tuition.Applications are open for grades 9 through 12 for the 2024-25 school year at Space is limited. Applications are due on Monday, Feb. 26 and a lottery will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 29.