• Overview of Programs

    Learn more about AP Capstone, AICE, Early College, and IB by watching the informational presentation below. (The presentation is 24 minutes in length.)

     

    2024-2025 HSAP Overview and Application Information Presentation

     

    Questions

    If you have questions about any HSAP Program, you may email HSAP@duvalschools.org. If you have questions regarding the application process, you may email School_Choice@duvalschools.org. We are happy to answer your questions by email or arrange a time to speak with you virtually or by phone.

     

    Questions and Answer Information Sessions

    Q & A Information Sessions will be held in October for students:

    • enrolled in or already completed Algebra I;
    • on grade level for reading; and
    • on grade level for math.

     

    Students that meet the above requirements for consideration will be sent an email invitation with a specific time to attend the Q & A Information Session based on the middle school in which the student attends. If the students’ parent/guardian has an email address listed in Focus, they will also be sent an invitation to attend along with a meeting link. These sessions are 45 minutes.

     

    Application Window

    The 2024-2025 High School Acceleration Program application may be completed through the Focus Parent Portal Account beginning Friday, December 1, 2023 at 8:00 AM and will close January 18, 2024. Information for the 2024-2025 application process will be available in October.  

     

    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 or provide their ID electronically to a school administrator and request approval.

     

    Parents that have forgotten their password, have trouble creating a new Focus Parent Portal Account, or experience technical issues may contact the Help Desk (904) 348-5200 or email pga_support@duvalschools.org. The Help Desk is available Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM and on Weekends from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

     

    Once the application opens, parents may access the application by logging into their Focus Parent Portal Account. On the left-hand side select your Grade 8 child. Then select "High School Acceleration Programs Application."

     

    Parents/Guardians 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 through their child’s current middle school by providing two proofs of address in person or via email to a school administrator. Address changes cannot be made at the District office.

     

    If your child is not currently enrolled in a Duval County Public School OR is without test scores and/or grades in the Duval County Public School system (Focus), you must provide official copies of your child’s standardized test score reports from Grade 7 (or Grade 8 if unavailable), 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 been posted for the school year.

     

    On the application, 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 selection is made, it is a selection that both the parent and their child will be happy with should they be offered a seat.

     

    For assistance with completing the High School Acceleration Programs Application, please contact the Office of School Choice at school_choice@duvalschools.org or visit them at 4070 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207, Second Floor, Suite 200.

     

    Important Dates 

    Information for the 2024-2025 application process will be available in October.   

    • Friday, December 1, 2023: HSAP application opens at 8:00 AM in the Focus Parent Portal
    • Thursday, January 18, 2024: HSAP application closes 
    • Monday, February 12, 2024: Decision notifications will be sent to the email address associated with the Focus Parent Portal Account used to complete the application
    • Tuesday, February 20, 2024: Legal Parents/Guardians wishing to cancel their child's HSAP seat should email HSAP@duvalschools.org
     

    The Late HSAP application will be available through the Parent Focus Portal beginning Monday, April 15, 2024. Please see the late application windows below.

    Application Opens

    Application Closes for Processing

    Decision Notifications

    (Sent to Focus Parent Portal Email)

    Monday, April 15, 2024

    Monday, May 13, 2024

    Monday, June 10, 2024

    Tuesday, May 14, 2024

    Friday, June 14, 2024

    Monday, July 15, 2024

     

    Evaluation Criteria for the 2024-2025 School Year

    To be considered for an acceleration program students must meet all of the following criteria. Applicants must 

    • be proficient in Reading based on the Grade 7 FAST/PM3, Grade 7 Achieve 3000, or Grade 7 PMA2/PMA3;
    • be proficient in Math based on the Grade 7 FAST/PM3 or Grade 7 PMA2/PMA3;
    • be enrolled in or have already completed Algebra I; and 
    • earn a minimum of 70 points.

     

    Not meeting one of these criteria automatically makes a student ineligible to be considered for an acceleration program. For each program, all eligible applicants will be scored based on the point system below, ranked from 100 points down to 70 points, and offered seats in that order until seats are filled. For nondedicated magnet schools, zoned students will be placed first.   

     

    Point System

    • 0-36 points – Grade 7 Core Academic Final Grades (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies)
      • A = 9 pts, B = 6 pts, C = 3 pts
    • 0-34 points – Grade 8 Core Academic Grades (Quarter 1 & 2 English, Math, Science, and Social Studies)
      • A = 4.25 pts, B = 3.25 pts, C = 2.25 pts
    • 0-30 points – Standardize Test Scores in both Reading and Math

     

     

    Transportation

    Transportation for students attending an Acceleration Program outside of their attendance area school shall be the responsibility of the student’s parent/guardian. All questions regarding transportation should be directed to the Transportation Department at (904) 858-6200. Transportation is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM.

     

    Seat Availability  

    AP Capstone Program

    Total Seats

    Atlantic Coast

    125

    Baldwin

    50

    AICE Program

    Total Seats

    Duncan U. Fletcher

    150

    Mandarin

    100

    William M. Raines

    50

    IB Program

    Total Seats

    Paxon

    150

    Stanton

    150

    Terry Parker

    50

    Samuel W. Wolfson

    150

    Early College Program

    Total Seats

    Andrew Jackson – Associates in Science, I.T. Security

    25

    Baldwin – Associates in Arts

    25

    Edward H. White – Associates in Arts

    50

    Englewood – Associates in Science, Engineering Technology (Advanced Manufacturing)

    50

    First Coast – Associates in Arts Education Academy

    50

    Jean Ribault – Associates in Arts

    50

    Riverside – Associates in Arts

    80

    Sandalwood – Associates in Arts

    125

    Terry Parker – Associate in Arts

    25

    Westside – Associates in Arts Education Academy

    50

    William M. Raines – Associate in Arts

    25

     

    Thank you for considering a High School Acceleration Program!

     

    We wish you and your child a successful educational journey.

     

    HSAP Programs Questions
    For questions regarding the HSAP eligibility criteria or one of the programs (AP Capstone, AICE, Early College, or IB), please contact the High School Acceleration Office at HSAP@duvalschools.org.
     
    Application Process Assistance
    For assistance with completing the High School Acceleration Programs Application, please contact the Office of School Choice at School_Choice@duvalschools.org.