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Ridge Technical Academy

RTA Info

Ridge Technical Academy

Educational Alternative Program: Application Required

Ridge Technical Academy (RTA) will offer students age 16 and over an opportunity to learn in a smaller classroom environment to receive a standard diploma. Students in this target population may be unmotivated or unsuccessful (at-risk) in traditional high school or would like to receive a career certificate and an industry certification while earning their high school diploma. To enroll with RTA, students must currently be enrolled with their zoned high school or a district approved home education program. Parents should complete an application and consult with their child’s School Counselor prior to applying, then await admission approval from Ridge Technical Academy.


Eligibility Criteria

* Must be at least 16 years of age

* 11th and 12th grade

* 2.0 GPA

* *Should be on target with graduation cohort

* Have good attendance/discipline history

* Must be enrolled with your home high school or a district approved home education program prior to enrollment (copies of documentation required)

* Consult with home high School Counselor to ensure coursework meets graduation requirements

*At-Risk students will not be excluded from eligibility and are encouraged to apply.



> 3D Animation

> Administrative Office Specialist

> Automotive Service Technician 1

> Building Trades and Construction Design

> Electricity

> Diesel Systems Technician 1

> Drafting

> Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration 1

> Network Support Services

> Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality


Other Details:

Program tuition is FREE.

Uniforms must be purchased prior to starting classes.

Earn an Industry certification and career skills

College credit articulation to Tampa Bay area colleges (for completers)