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HSCA Four-Year Program
(9th-Grade Start)


Thank you for your interest in the Health Sciences Collegiate Academy! We are looking to help guide the next generation of STEM and health professionals in South Lake County.


Here are the criteria for joining the HSCA Four-Year Program
next fall as a 9th grader:

  • Will you enroll in 9th grade at:
    East Ridge High, Lake Minneola High, Montverde Academy, or South Lake High?
  • Do you currently have a 3.0 GPA (B or better) in 8th grade?
  • Are you curious about a STEM or Health Science career?


If you can answer yes to these three questions, the HSCA Four-Year progam is right high school program for you! The admission process for Four-Year Program begins in January of the 8th-grade year by attending an information session then completing an application and a brief interview.

Here are the detailed steps to apply for admissions into the HSCA as a 9th grader:

Skip Step 1: Attend an Information Session


Please plan to attend one of our informational sessions in January. Students currently in 8th grade at partner institutions (Lake County Schools, Montverde Academy) or Imagine South Lake Charter will receive a letter to their home address, and students will receive a reminder card at school. You will need to RSVP for the session you are interested in attending. 


Information Sessions were held in January, if we missed you, then skip to Step 2

Step 2: Complete and submit the HSCA Admission Packet

The HSCA Admission Packet contains five parts: Admission Process and Agreement, a Writing Sample, a Report Card, two Teacher Recommendation forms, and the Honor Code.


  • Admission Process and Agreement – explains the HSCA admission process and gives the HSCA permission to review the student’s files. The student and a parent/guardian must sign this form.
  • Writing Sample – the student is to provide a 200-250 word writing sample about themselves and their goals as a future health sciences professional. This writing sample is to be verified by their 8th grade English teacher.
  • 1st Semester Report Card – please include a copy of the December 2018 report card. This will allow the HSCA to verify academic progress and eligibility for the HSCA.
  • Teacher Recommendations – please give a recommendation form to two current teachers or counselors at your school to complete on your behalf. The teachers will submit the recommendation to the middle school for submission to the HSCA.
  • Honor Code – the student and a parent/guardian must read and sign the Honor Code.





Step 3: Interviews

The HSCA will work with your middle school to set up a 15-minute group interview. The group interview is completed with 2-3 other applicants from your school. Students will be interviewed by 2-3 staff members from the HSCA partner institutions.