• Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

  • We are excited you are interested in our Academy of Criminal Justice!

    The eligibility requirements for our program are as follows:

    • No major referrals
    • Maximum 10 unexcused absences
    • 2.5 GPA (unweighted)
    • Be self-motivated, with a high interest in the criminal justice field
    • Possess exemplary self-discipline
    • Obtain parental consent and support
    • Live in the Alachua County School District 

    The Selection Process consists of:

    • Apply online to the Academy of Criminal Justice (CJ)
    • You may apply to up to three (3) magnet programs in total, which may be a combination of CTE and Academic programs (Ranking of programs very important)
    • Make a commitment to participate in the complete program of studies




    Magnet Application Information

    Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open on January 16, 2024 and close at 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2024.  You must have the application completed by 4:00 on that day in order to be considered for the first round of review.  Any applications after that time will be processed as a late application.  The link to the application will be on the district’s magnet website (www.sbac.edu/magnet).  The open house schedule, as well as links to each program are also on that site. 

    If you have program specific questions, please contact us at the school.  For general questions, please contact the district magnet office by emailing alachuamagnets@gm.sbac.edu or by calling 352-955-7121.


Magnet Application Timeline


    Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year


    • January 16, 2024: Application Opens
      • An online Application is available via a link at www.sbac.edu/magnet


    • February 13, 2024: Application Closed
      • Make sure to have your application submitted before 4:00 pm


    • BY March 25, 2024: Offer Emails Sent
      • Make sure to check your email (often) for offer letters


    • One Week after Notifications: Commitments
      • Be sure to log into the system and accept your seat

    For more information, please visit www.sbac.edu/magnet or send an email with questions to alachuamagnets (@gm.sbac.edu)


District Discrimination Policy

  • The District prohibits discrimination in the terms and conditions of employmet, and in access to educational programs and activities, and prohibits harassment of any individual or group on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or genetic information (and other protected classes included in the District's nondiscrimination policies.


  • School buses are assigned to transport students to and from magnet programs. However, due to the current bus driver shortage, the District unfortunately cannot guarantee that a bus will be available or on time each morning and each afternoon on every route. To reduce the number of late buses, the District is revising the current list of bus stops for magnet programs. The changes will take effect on January 16, 2024. A list of the new stop locations by school is available at www.sbac.edu/magnetbusing. Drop off and pick up times will be posted on that website on December 1st.

    We ask that you consider the transportation situation as you complete a magnet program application. Please use this form to request transportation: Magnet Transportation Request.  

    *Special consideration will be given to the transportation of students at the Professional Academies Magnet (PAM) @ Loften High School, which is entirely a school of choice and has no attendance zone.