• 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.)

    Click here for the 2022-2023 HSAP Overview and Application Information Presenation.




    After viewing the presentation, if you have questions, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page and you may also email question(s) to hsap@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 were held for students that meet three of the four minimum requirements for consideration: 1) enrolled in our already completed Algebra I, 2) on grade level for reading, and 3) on grade level for math. Students that meet these three of the four minimum eligibility requirements for consideration were sent an email invitation to attend a Q & A Information Session. If the students’ parent/guardian has an email address listed in Focus, they were also sent an invitation to attend. Students and parents/guardians unable to attend were encouraged to watch the 2022-2023 HSAP Overview and Application Information Presenation, determine the program(s) and school(s) they are interested in, and attend the school's showcase event.



     Application Window

    The 2022-2023 High School Acceleration Program application may be completed through the Focus Parent Portal Account beginning Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 8:00 AM and will close at 11:59 PM on Thursday, January 20, 2022


    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 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 at (904) 348-7628, (904) 348-5200, or pga_support@duvalschools.org.


    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. 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 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.

    Important Dates:

    • Wednesday, December 1, 2021: HSAP application opens at 8:00 AM in the Focus Parent Portal
    • Thursday, January 20, 2022 HSAP application closes at 11:59 PM
    • Monday, February 14, 2022: Decision notifications will be sent to the email address associated with the Focus Parent Portal Account used to complete the application
    • Friday, February 18, 2022: Parents who do not wish for their child to participate in the program in which they have been accepted must cancel the seat offered by 4:30 PM.



    Evaluation Criteria

    In order 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 FSA, Grade 7 or 8 PSAT, or Grade 7 Achieve 3000;
    • be proficient in Math based on the Grade 7 FSA, Grade 7 or 8 PSAT, or Grade 7 HMH;
    • be enrolled in or have already completed Algebra I; and 
    • earn a minimum of 70 points.

     For each program, applicants that meet all four of the above criteria will be ranked from 100 points down to 70 points and offered seats in that order until seats are filled.

     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




    Seat Availability 

     Seat Availability



    Late Applications 

     Late applications will be available through the Parent Focus Portal in March until 4:30 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2022. A decision notification will be sent to the email address associated with the parents Focus Parent Portal account on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. If a decision notification has not been received, parents should email hsap@duvalschools.org from the email address listed in Focus.


    Thank you for considering a High School Acceleration Program!

    We wish you and your child a successful educational journey.