• Thank you for considering a High School Acceleration Program.

Submitting Your Application

  • To apply for an Acceleration Program, the application will be available through the Focus Parent Portal beginning on Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 AM and closing at 4:30 PM on Thursday, January 23rd.

    Parents that do not have a Focus Parent Portal account may create an account by visiting Technology Services and then follow the directions for creating an account. Parents will use their email address and create their own password. Once an account has been created, parents will need to visit their student's middle school within 21 days and present ID for the middle school to approve their Focus Parent Portal account.

    Parents that have forgotten their password, have trouble creating a new Focus Parent Prortal account, or experience technical issues may contact the Help Desk at (904) 346-7628 or pga_support@duvalschools.org.

    Once the application opens on Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 AM, parents may access the application by logging into their Focus Parent Portal account. On the left-hand side select "My Child." Then select "High School Acceleration Programs Application."

    Application Location

    Parent should read the application carefully. Review the pre-populated information and verify that their address is correct in Focus. If the address is incorrect, parents may correct the address at their student's middle school by providing two proofs of address. Address changes cannot be made at the district office.

    If your student is not currently enrolled in a Duval County Public School OR is without FSA results and/or grades in the Duval County Public School system (Focus) must provide official copies of the student standardized test score reports from Grade 7, Final Grade 7 Report Card, and Grade 8 Report Card showing Quarter 1 and 2 grades at the time of application submission. Applications missing information will not be processed. If accepted, Non-DCPS students must provide an official transcript once final grades have posted for the school year.

    On the applicaiton, parents may make up to two (2) choice selections, however, they may choose to make one (1) selection only. Parents should be sure that if a second (2nd) selection is made, it is a selection that both the parent and the student will be happy with should they be offered a seat.

    Important Dates:

    • Monday, December 2, 2019: Online HSAP application opens at 8:00 AM (Focus Parent Portal)
    • Thursday, January 23, 2020: Online HSAP applications closes at 4:30 PM
    • Friday, February 7, 2020: Decision notifications will be sent to the email address associated with the Focus Parent Portal Account
    • Friday, February 21, 2020: Parents must cancel seat offered if the student does not wish to accept his/her seat
  • Evaluation Criteria

    Admissions into an acceleration program will be based on the following criteria.  Applicants must be on grade level for both Reading and math on the Grade 7 FSA (Level 3 or higher) and enrolled in or have already completed Algebra I. Applicants must earn a total of 70 points and will be ranked in order according to the total points.

    • 0-36 points – Grade 7 Core Academic Final Grades (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science)
      • A = 9 pts, B = 6 pts, C = 3 pts
    • 0-30 points – Grade 7 FSA and/or NRT in Reading and Math
      • Level 5/Exceed Expectation = 15 pts, Level 4/Above Grade Level= 10 pts, Level 3/On Grade Level = 5 pts
    • 0-34 points – Grade 8 Core Academic Grades (Quarter 1 & 2 English, Math, Social Studies, and Science)
      • A = 4.25 pts, B = 3.25 pts, C = 2.25 pts
  • Thank you for considering a High School Acceleration Program!

    We wish you and your student a successful educational journey.

  • HSAP Office Location

    Parent Resource Center, 4037 Boulevard Center Drive, 2nd Floor, Room 200, Jacksonville, FL 32207