Yes. There are now three standard diploma options from which to choose:
Four-Year Traditional High School Graduation (24 Credits)
Three-Year Standard College Preparatory (18 Credits)
Three-Year Career Preparatory (18 Credits)
You and your parents must choose your diploma option and review your progress toward it yearly.
CAR-PD stands for Content Area Reading - Professional Development. The CAR-PD designation on a course indicates that the instructor is trained to incorporate reading strategies in the daily curriculum of the course. CAR-PD students learn the subject being studied as well as develop additional reading skills that will help improve their FCAT Reading scores. CAR-PD strategies are research-based and have been shown to greatly improve student learning and reading ability.
The State of Florida sets the requirements for placing students in remedial reading classes. Students who have high level 2 reading scores can be eligible for CAR-PD classes (rather than having to take a year of remedial reading). This frees up an elective period in their schedule, enabling students to select an elective of their choice.
CAR-PD classes do not cover a watered down curriculum and are not "reserved" for students needing reading remediation. CAR-PD simply indicates that the teacher is CAR certified and is able to incorporate reading strategies within the course curriculum. These strategies are good for all students, not just those needing extra help in the area of reading.
Each college catalog will include what subject preparation is recommended for admission to
that college. In addition, there are special requirements for various fields such as science, math, engineering, architecture, nursing, technology and other areas. Be sure that the college offers the major subject area in which you are interested.
Applications for the state university system of Florida, Florida community colleges, and some private Florida colleges are online at www.FACTS.org and in your school guidance office. You can also write to the Director of Admissions at the school to which you plan to apply. With the application you will receive instructions for completion and the deadline date for returning the application.
Applications vary both in format and types of questions. Read all questions before answering any of them. Complete all required questions. You may prefer to do a rough draft on paper first. Follow the directions regarding the return of the application to the college. Consult your guidance counselor if you have additional questions after reading the application carefully.
Check the deadline dates in the college instructional materials or catalogs. Most applications are sent during the first semester or early in the second semester of the senior year. Students who apply under Early Decision plans must apply sooner, usually in October. Students who plan to attend college in August should apply during the fall semester of their