Accelerated Learning Options in High School


Competency-Based Credit

State law and State Board of Education Rules allow students to receive high school credit based on demonstrated competency on several state and national exams, including high school End of Course (EOC) exams, AP, CLEP, and industry certifications. Students can earn no more than three units of credit according to Georgia Code JBC(4) Section (2)(f).

Career and Technical Education

The Georgia Department of Education offers Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) across 17 Career Clusters in alignment with the National Career Cluster Model.

Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit

Senate Bill 132 streamlined previous dual enrollment programs into the Move on When Ready Program (MOWR). Move on When Ready allows eligible high school students the option of enrolling in college-level coursework and receiving both high school and postsecondary credit. Courses may be taken through MOWR, online, and/or at the high school. Institutions are responsible for establishing their own MOWR/dual enrollment admission requirements, although the Board of Regents has set minimum requirements:

  • Minimum SAT score of 970 or composite ACT score of 20
  • Exemption of all learning support requirements
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • On track to meet high school graduation requirements
  • Completed Student Participation Agreement

The joint enrollment option provides students, typically in grades 11 and 12, with the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary courses, provided they meet college entrance requirements, while completing high school graduation requirements. Enrolled students do not receive high school credit for college courses.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

Georgia does not have common score requirements for Advanced Placement (AP) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.

Early College High Schools

The Early College Initiative, a partnership between the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Education, allows students to earn a high school diploma and credit toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. Most early colleges operate with the objective to increase high school graduation and college-going rates of traditionally underserved students.

Early High School Graduation

Move on When Ready provides an early graduation option. To receive an early high school diploma, students must receive credit for all EOC courses: two English, two math, two sciences, two social studies, and the required PE and Health course. Students must also complete all EOC exams, which count as 20 percent of the corresponding course grade. Finally, students must complete either an associate degree, technical diploma, or two certificate programs within one specific career pathway.