What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment enables high school students to simultaneously earn both high school and college credits for a single course. FCCS has a contract agreement with Florida State College at Jacksonville to provide this opportunity for our qualified students. The academic dean will contact all students who meet the qualifications listed below by the last quarter of each school year.
FCCS allows students to register for high school classes for 3rd through 7th hours on campus. This allows time for morning college classes each day of the school week. This preserves the opportunities for students to continue to be involved in after school and extra-curricular activities without conflicting with college classes.
Dual Enrollment Opportunity
How to be involved in dual enrollment:
- Your cumulative high school GPA must be a 3.25.
- You must earn the required score on the ACCUPLACER, PERT, ACT or College Board SAT Test.
- You must also have the permission of your parent(s) or guardian(s) and high school academic dean.
- You must meet all FCCS guidelines.
- Parents are responsible for providing transportation to the college campus.
All first-year dual enrolled students and those needing to improve entrance test scores should contact the academic dean prior to testing. Students need to take either the PERT test or ACCUPLACER test. Students may take the PERT test at any FSCJ campus or take the ACCUPLACER test online. Please contact Mr. Smith, the Academic Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to schedule the test.
In order to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test, go to the FSCJ Assessment webpage for information and study tips.
Required Test Scores
For those who meet these qualifications, the following steps will need to be completed.
- For new dual enrolled students, complete an online application with FSCJ. This information is available from the Guidance Office. For returning dual enrolled students, complete the FSCJ Private School DE application.
- Contact the academic dean to schedule entrance testing, and complete and return the appropriate referral form.
- Choose classes. — Keep in mind that FSCJ allows students to take up to 3 college classes per term for Fall and Spring terms. Watch the demonstration video under “Searching for Available Classes ” located further down this page.
- Submit your application with class choices to the Guidance Office. The items needed for the registration are…
- a fully signed application form,
- a current high school transcript with cumulative GPA (FCCS will provide this for returning students), and
- qualifying ACCUPLACER, PERT, ACT, or College Board SAT test scores (which will be on file with FSCJ once testing is completed).
Under the current system, college tuition is free of charge to students! Your responsibility is to pay for any books and transportation.
Once registered for classes, make sure you read and take action on the following:
- The FSCJ Student ID card obtained at the Library Learning Commons at the Kent campus.
- The Parking Permit Registration Instructions for the FSCJ campus.
- The myFSCJ Quick Reference Guide for the online student information system.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Smith, the Academic Dean, by phone, email, or in person.
Choosing College Courses
General Education Requirements
- It is advisable to use the FSCJ Dual Enrollment Associate of Arts Requirements Academic Advising Guide to help in the selection of courses that apply successfully to both high school and college credit. Keep in mind that each student must take 15 college credits from the core course choices within the first 24 college credits taken. These choices are in bold in each of the five core categories:
- Natural Sciences,
- Mathematics, and
- Social & Behavioral Sciences.
If you consult these core courses and compare them with the courses in the FCCS graduation requirements, you can better select courses that benefit both high school and college needs. This strategy allows you to get the best advantage of dual enrollment.
All of the college-level courses that are recognized in the Florida State Standards as being able to used for both college and high school credit simultaneously are listed in the dual enrollment high school course equivalency list. This is quite a large document to review but does provide how many high school credits each college course provides.
Searching for Available Classes
If you have specific courses you are looking to take you can view the Demonstration Video to understand how to find classes. Once you search for a class, record the class reference number (4 digits long) on your application with any other information required.