Innovative High School Programs

  • Johnston County Public Schools offers several high school options for students other than the traditional high school setting. These high schools/programs include smaller class sizes and support for students who are interested in pursuing specific careers or desire more rigorous curriculum/college level classes. Several of these opportunities are in collaboration with Johnston Community College, one involves a partnership with the University of Mount Olive, and our newest program--JoCo Teach--is a partnership with Johnston Community College and NC State.  We are proud to offer these unique settings to allow students to pursue their goals during high school.

    Below you will find a brief description of all the innovative high school programs offered in Johnston County Public Schools. Prospective students can apply to any program by using the common application.


    Application Deadlines

    • Feb. 22 - Avid, CTLA, Early College, IB
    • April 18 - Fire Science, IDEAL, JoCo Teach

    Parent Information Nights

    Smithfield-Selma High School
    January 31 and February 5
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Printable Flyer - English
    Printable Flyer - Español

Innovative High School Program Presentations

These presentations and slideshows were recorded at the parent information night during last year's recruitment period. Updated videos and presentations are coming soon!

Career & Technical Leadership Academy

JCCTLA Slide Presentation

Early College Academy

JCECA Slide Presentation

Fire Science Program

Fire Science Slide Presentation

International Baccalaureate

IB Slide Presentation

  • AVID

    AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination

    AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system that utilizes proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career. However, at Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS), AVID students and teachers will tell you it's much more than a program; it's a family, a support system that allows students to feel confident in taking risks that will help them develop critical skills in the areas of Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR). SSS AVID is committed to helping its students fulfill their dreams to attend college and become well-rounded, positive contributors in a global society.  Application window December 1-February 22
    School Contact:

    Fire Science

    Fire Science Program

    Johnston County Public Schools Fire Science Program provides opportunity to students to earn the certifications and a degree to be employable and promotable within the ranks of the Fire Service upon completion of the program. The program is a partnership between Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston Community College, The Office of The State Fire Marshal, and the professional men and women of the Johnston County Fire Service.  Application window December 1-April 18
    School Contact (Clayton High):
    School Contact (Smithfield-Selma High): Dane Smith:




    The IB Diploma Programme (DP)

    The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Students apply as rising freshmen in order to complete required coursework before entering the the Diploma Programme during their junior and senior years.  Application window December 1-February 22
    School Contact:


    IDEAL Academy at South Johnston

    The IDEAL Academy at South Johnston High School is a 4-year opportunity for students to obtain skills and college credits in environmental sciences, agriculture and leadership. This unique opportunity is a collaboration between Johnston County Public Schools and the University of Mount Olive. Students have the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma and associate's degree within 4 years at South Johnston. The IDEAL Academy has 4 pathways that students are eligible for: Agricultural Career, Animal Science, Horticultural Science and the UMO Associate's Degree pathways. IDEAL students that elect to take the Associate's Degree Pathway will enroll in classes at Johnston Community College and the University of Mount Olive. This academy utilizes blended high school classes that pair academic core and agricultural curricula. Hands-on learning is blended with PBL instruction and internships to provide students with meaningful and engaging instruction. Students participating in the academy will have the opportunity to participate in SJHS Athletics and many other activities at the school.  Application window December 1-April 18
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    JoCoTeach JoCo TEACH (Teaching Educators and Coming Home)

    The JoCo TEACH Academy located at Smithfield-Selma High School is a 4-year opportunity that identifies incoming freshman that are interested in becoming future teachers.  The Academy is a collaboration between Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston Community College, and N.C. State University. The students will begin a dual enrollment program that leads to an Associate Degree in Teaching. Students will then  continue through N.C. State College of Education’s teacher preparation program. Some of the teacher licensure degrees that will be offered by NC State are: Elementary Education, Math Education, Technology Education, English Education, Science Education, Middle Grades Language Arts & Social Studies and Agriculture Education. NC State also offers an ESL Add-On Licensure. The ultimate goal of the JoCo Teach Academy is to identify promising students and prepare them for the teaching profession and have them return to Johnston County to teach in Johnston County Public Schools.  School Contact:

    CTLA Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy

    Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy (CTLA) is a five year Early College program serving students in grades 9-13. Students complete high school requirements while earning an Associate Degree in one of five pathways: Medical Assistant, Nurse Aide, Information Technology (IT), Applied Engineering, and Early Childhood. CTLA is housed on the campus of Johnston Community College in Smithfield, North Carolina.  Application window December 1-February 22
    School Contact:

    Early College

    Johnston County Early College Academy

    Johnston County Early College Academy is a five year program located on the campus of Johnston Community College. Students are dual enrolled in high school and college classes. Upon graduation from JCECA, students will have obtained their high school diploma and a two year Associates Degree for college transfer. Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships are key components that guide our students daily.  Application window December 1-February 22
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