High School Acceleration Programs
1. What is Pre-Early College?
Pre-Early College affords students the opportunity to earn up to four high school credits and three college credits. The program is designed for mature, highly motivated students. The Pre-Early College path can lead to High School Early College Programs or other acceleration options such as AICE, IB and AP.
2. Where are the Pre-Early College Programs located?
Pre-Early College Programs are located at fifteen middle schools: Arlington, duPont, Matthew Gilbert, Jeb Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Kernan, Lake Shore, Landmark, Jean Ribault, Southside, Twin Lakes, Highlands, Joseph Stillwell, Westview K-8, Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
3. How do Pre-Early College students earn college credit?
Eligible students take a foundational dual enrollment course in Grade 8.
4. What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment is an acceleration option that allows students to take postsecondary coursework and simultaneously earn high school and college credit. Middle school students enrolled in a Pre-Early College Program may take one foundational dual enrollment course as determined by DCPS and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) in Grade 8. Students attending James Weldon Johnson and Career Training Center (JWJ ACT Center) or one of JWJ ACT satellite campuses may take one foundational dual enrollment course as determined by DCPS and Edward Waters College (EWC) in Grade 8.
5. What are the eligibility requirements for Pre-Early College?
Students take the first Pre-Early College Reading course in Grade 7. Eligible 7th grade students must score at least 770L on the 6th grade Spring administration of Achieve 3000 and have an annual 2.5 middle school GPA. Principal and Teacher recommendation is also required. Eligible 8th grade students must have an annual 2.5 GPA , score 85 or higher on the Reading section of the Postsecondary Readiness Education Test (PERT) and successfully pass Advanced Reading with grade C or higher.
6. What is PERT?
The Postsecondary Readiness Education Test (PERT) is Florida’s college placement test. The purpose of PERT is to determine accurate course placement based on the student’s skills and abilities. The PERT is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit course work. The PERT assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in reading, writing and mathematics.
7. Does a student begin a high school transcript when taking dual enrollment courses?
Dual enrollment courses are recorded as a PERMANENT entry on the student’s COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT as well as the student’s high school transcript.
8. Does participation in a Pre-Early College Program guarantee admittance into a High School Early College Program?
Acceptance in the Pre-Early College Program does not guarantee admissions into a High School Early College Program but does provide higher priority.
9. What are the cautions of participating in Pre-Early College Programs?
Dual enrollment students are creating a permanent high school transcript and college transcript. Poor performance in a dual enrollment course has serious implications on both the high school transcript and college transcript. Performing poorly in a dual enrollment course can impact eligibility for Bright Futures and other financial aid.