What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment is an acceleration mechanism that allows student to pursue an advanced curriculum relevant to their postsecondary interests. Dual enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while simultaneously earning high school credit through dual enrollment. Colleges and universities that offer dual enrollment courses to Duval County Public School students must do so by way of an articulation agreement, which describes the parameters for which the students may participate.
Duval County partners with three postsecondary institutions, Edward Waters University (EWU), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). Each institution is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award credit.
Under the umbrella of dual enrollment, there are several options for students: (1) Traditional Dual Enrollment where college courses taught by credentialed high school teachers offered at DCPS high schools through EWU, ERAU, and FSCJ or students may take courses on FSCJ’s campus; (2) FSCJ Early College; and (3) FSCJ Early Admission.
Early College participants apply and are accepted in Grade 8, begin the program in Grade 9, and are working on earning both their high school diploma and associates degree.
Through Traditional Dual Enrollment students may take courses on the high school campus through EWU, ERAU, and/or FSCJ. Students may also take courses on FSCJ’s campus. EWU and ERAU are private institutions and currently only have GPA requirements. FSCJ is a state college and by state statue has both GPA and testing requirements. To participate through FSCJ students must have a minimum cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA and qualifying test scores on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), ACT, or SAT.
If eligible and courses are available, a student may take his/her first dual enrollment course Semester 2 of Grade 10 through Traditional Dual Enrollment. In Grade 11 and 12, eligible students may participate in Traditional Dual Enrollment and take up to three (3) total dual enrollment courses each semester (fall/spring). Out of the three (3) courses eligible students may take a maximum of two (2) courses on an FSCJ campus. Eligibility requirements vary by postsecondary institution and from year to year.
If a student is enrolled in a traditional high school in Grade 11 and meets the eligibility requirements, he/she may apply for participation in Early Admission. Through Early Admission students attend FSCJ full time for his/her senior year. Currently students must have an unweighted 3.5 GPA when Semester 1 grades post in Grade 11 and College Ready PERT/ACT/SAT scores. Interested students must meet the fall application deadline established by his/her designated high school designated dual enrollment coordinator. The very last day for schools to submit student registration documents is May 1st (by 2:00 PM) of the student’s Junior year. There are no exceptions to the registration deadlines.
Advantages and Cautions of Dual Enrollment
There are several benefits for eligible students taking dual enrollment courses. Dual enrollment participation provides the opportunity for accelerated skill development curve with the increase in rigor and challenge of course work. Dual enrollment can help students accelerate educational goals, experience resources and activities as a college student, earn college credit, and significantly reduce college tuition. Additionally, students may receive favorable consideration in the college admission process and more likely to graduate with academic honors, earn a higher grade point average (GPA), graduate within four years and be accepted into a graduate program. Students should be appropriately advised regarding the importance of taking dual enrollment seriously. Dual enrollment participation impacts the student's college grade point average and begins a permanent college transcript. Students are treated as independent college students and their college records and progress are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).