The School Community
Originally established in 1926, Crooms Academy is a pillar of the Historic Goldsboro and Sanford communities. The academy’s first principal and founder, Joseph Crooms along with his wife Wealthy Crooms donated over 17 acres of their own property to Seminole County to build the school, providing African-American secondary students the opportunity to study the Arts and Sciences for the first time in Central Florida.
Crooms Academy of Information Technology is now a member of the National Academy Foundation and has been recognized as a Distinguished Academy for ten consecutive years, NAF’s highest honor. As a member of the NAF network, Crooms provides students multiple opportunities to connect with our partners in industry through job shadowing, internships, and our showcase event, the Seminole County TechFest held right here at Crooms each Spring. In addition, Crooms AOIT also boasts the highest rating from Magnet Schools of America, recognized as a Merit School of Excellence.
Crooms AOIT is Seminole County Public School’s only dedicated magnet high school. All students who reside in Seminole County and successfully complete the 8th grade may apply for admission. Students must submit the High School Magnet Program Application through the SCPS Student Assignment and Program Access Department and be chosen in the random selection process. The size of the campus allows for the capacity of approximately 700 students. The school offers a well‐rounded high school experience with a rigorous 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, and opportunities to earn college credits through the Dual Enrollment program at Seminole State College of Florida, Advanced Placement coursework, and Career Pathways. In partnership with Seminole State College, Crooms Academy of IT offers a pathway allowing students to earn their Associate of Arts degree while earning their high school diploma.
Crooms offers a full menu of athletic programs to include baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track, cross-country, bowling, golf, and swimming. Our extra-curricular opportunities include Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, SECME, Mu Alpha Theta, Academic Team, Spanish National Honor Society, Beta Club, Sanford Mayor’s Youth Council, Drama Club, and of course the ever popular CroomsCon (formerly known as LANfest) among many others.
Crooms Academy of Information Technology has three administrators, three school counselors, a career specialist, two network specialists, an instructional coach, and 35 certified teachers. Over half the staff holds advanced degrees and our full-time teachers and administrators have an average of over 16 years of experience. Our student to teacher ratio is 20:1. The faculty and staff pride themselves on providing differentiated instruction and social-emotional support based on each student’s individual needs.
- We believe that IT increases student learning and enhances student performance, and therefore should be incorporated into the entire curriculum.
- We believe that teachers have a responsibility to increase their knowledge and to enhance their curriculum with training in IT, to collaborate with peers, and utilize state of the art technology.
- We believe that we increase student achievement by providing consistent and frequent access to faculty and staff members for both parents and students.
- We believe parental involvement is a key to student success and that by providing parents with many opportunities for communication with and involvement in the school, we will improve the environment of the school and advance the mission.
- We believe that our curriculum and program are strengthened through our business partnerships due to the support we receive, which increases student achievement.
The mission of Crooms Academy of Information Technology is to provide innovative teaching and learning in a technology-enriched environment and to engage students in an academically challenging curriculum that prepares them for post-secondary education with industry-validated technology skills.
To build a culture of excellence and success for every student.