• Early College Program at WPHS

    Why wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit? The Early College program offered at West Port High is a partnership between the College of Central Florida and the Marion County School Board to provide enhanced learning opportunities for qualified high school students through the effective use of community college programs and resources.


    Qualified West Port High students may accelerate their college education through dual enrollment courses offered on our campus. West Port is the only high school in Marion County which offers a full range of dual enrollment courses taught right here on our campus with no need to travel to the college campus. Dual enrollment courses are available to eligible students at no cost!

    Advantages of Early College:

    • Accelerates a student's college career and provides quality educational experience close to home. 
    • Allows qualified students to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time. 
    • Provides quality, college-level instruction at the high school location during regular school hours. 
    • Provides tuition and college text books to public school students at no cost. 
    • Provides highly qualified teaching faculty who meet the criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges. 
    • Provides course offerings in general education courses widely accepted and generally transferable for upper-division enrollment. 
    • Provides access to college resources, facilities, and services (Learning Support Center and other college activities). 


    • Classification as a high school junior or senior 
    • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher 
    • Current scores on approved placement exam (SAT, ACT or PERT) 
    • Exemplary grades and behavior 
    • Passing FSA and EOC scores 

    Early College Magnet:

    Students out of district and/or out of zone can apply for the Early College Academy Magnet program in 9th grade through application. Applications are accepted from mid-November until January 31st.  

    To apply, please go to the MCPS School Choice Application website: https://www.marionschools.net/Page/95029 

    For More Information, Contact:

    Stephanie Smith

    Early College Counselor



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