Accelerated Learning Options in High School


Competency-Based Credit

The Credit Acceleration Program allows students to take CLEP, AP or end-of-course exams in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, U.S. History or Biology I and earn credit for the course, even if students have not enrolled in or completed the course. The program can enable students to pursue other accelerated options, including dual credit, early admissions and early graduation.

Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit

High school students may enroll in academic or career certificate courses and earn dual credit. The college dual enrollment option requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher and achievement on common college placement exams. Home schooled students are also eligible for dual enrollment if they can show that their home education program complies with s. 1002.41. To maintain eligibility, students must keep a 3.0 GPA as well as continue to meet the minimum postsecondary grade point average set by the institution in which they are dually enrolled. The career certificate option requires a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students enrolled in dual enrollment programs are exempt from the payment of registration, tuition, and laboratory fees.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

High schools must offer at least four dual credit or AP courses—one each in English, math, science, and social studies. Florida districts are required to award credit to students who are able to pass AP examinations without enrolling in or completing AP courses.

The Florida League of International Baccalaureate Schools, Inc. (FLIBS) works to expand the IB program throughout the state. The Middle Years, Diploma, and Career related IB Programmes are available at accredited schools, and offer high school students the opportunity to earn college-level credit while pursuing a high school diploma.

Early High School Graduation

To graduate early with a standard high school diploma, students must earn 24 credits and complete the graduation requirements in section 1003.4282, F.S.

Students are eligible to graduate early through the Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option pursuant to Section 1002.3105(5), F.S. The 18-credit ACCEL option differs from the standard diploma in that students are required to complete three elective credits instead of eight and are exempted from both the physical education and online course requirements.

Early College Admission

State law defines early admission as a form of dual enrollment in which students enroll in a college or university full-time (i.e., 12 to 15 credits) during their junior or senior years of high school. Entrance requirements for early college enrollees vary by institution.