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    Westside’s Early College Teacher Academy

    What is Early College?

    Early College is an academic, dual enrollment, acceleration program developed to propel highly motivated students into an associate degree program while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. Through a partnership with Florida State College at Jacksonville, candidates are able to also transfer these credits toward a bachelor’s degree with no out of pocket expense. Students should apply in Grade 8 for entry in Grade 9.  With access to demanding college courses, this program seeks individuals who are intrinsically motivated to achieve their personal goals through the goals of the program.

    Why our Early College Program?

    As a participant in the program, students take dual enrollment classes through FSCJ both on and off campus, have access to resources at FSCJ, and can also participate in paid summer internships and other field experiences.

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    Minimum Eligibility Requirements

    • Successful completion of Algebra 1 by August 1.

    • Minimum Level 3 on Grade 7 FSA both in Reading and Math.


    Requirements for Program Continuation

    • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school grade point average and a minimum 2.0 FSCJ cumulative grade point average.

    • Students must successfully complete the SLS 1103 course during the Spring of grade 9.

    • Students must earn an acceptable score for admission into Florida State College at Jacksonville on college readiness testing (PERT, ACT, or SAT) prior to the end of the freshman year (Reading and Writing) and prior to the end of sophomore year (Math), or prior to the student exceeding 12 credit hours of dual enrollment, whichever comes first. When taking PERT for the first time, students must be tested in all three subject areas.

    • Students must earn at least 9 credit hours by the end of grade 10.


    How to apply

    Application can only be done through the Focus Parent Portal beginning on Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 AM and closing at 4:30 PM on Thursday January 23rd. Feel free to contact us via email at hsap@duvalschools.org or neal-buttt@duvalschools.org with any questions.

    Additional information will also be shared at our Showcase events on November 18th at 5:30 pm and on December 10th at 9:00 am.