Accelerated Learning Options in High School
Career and Technical Education
Alabama’s career and technical education program is aligned with the National Career Clusters. The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Workforce Developments is the only state agency in the United States to earn an international certification for its CTE program quality management. It uses the Business/industry certification (BIC) tool to evaluate and improve CTE standards throughout the state.
Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit
Dual enrollment credit is available to students attending public, private, parochial or church/religious schools pursuant to 16-28-1 of Code of Alabama 1975, or who are receiving instruction from a home school/private tutor pursuant to 16-28-5 of the Code of Alabama. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors participating in dual enrollment must have a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 and meet admission test criteria set by the institutions. To maintain their dual enrollment status, students must achieve grades of C or better in all attempted college courses. Students must have written approval from high school officials to be eligible to enroll in the program.
The Early College Enrollment Program allows career and technical education students to earn dual credit under State Board of Education Policy 801.03 and 801.04. Scholarship opportunities may be available to students who meet the eligibility requirements to participate in the dual enrollment program.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate
The Alabama Community College Systems requires institutions to accept a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement and award elective or general education credit toward an associate degree. The College Board contributes $32 towards an AP exam fee for students with financial need, while schools are expected to drop their $9 rebate for these students, reducing the testing fee to $53 per exam.
Early College High Schools
The Selma Early College High School allows high school students to take a combination of high school and college courses, graduating high school with up to 60 hours of college credit.