Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment
Honors and Advanced Placement
Honors and AP courses are offered to selected students in preparation for a college education. Criteria used in the selection of students for these programs include evidence of strong academic motivation, high GPA and FCAT scores, essays, and administration/teacher recommendation. Dual enrollment programs are also available through the College of Central Florida and Community, Technical, and Adult Education (CTAE) to meet the needs of selected seniors who meet program requirements and wish to begin earning college credit. A carefully planned program of study that stresses advanced courses assists students in competing for a variety of scholarships and awards such as the following:
Criteria Used to Screen for Honors/AP courses:
- G.P.A. of 3.5 or better in the subject area
- Stanine scores of 7, 8, or 9 in the subject area
- Teacher recommendation
- PSAT (for some AP courses)
- FCAT Levels of 3, 4, or 5 on reading and/or math
- Academically advanced students have the opportunity to participate in the FHS honors program. Because of the extra challenge involved, these courses earn weighted grade points (A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0).
- Advanced Placement is a program of college-level courses and exams for advanced students. Classes are offered based on student enrollment. Upon successful completion of an AP course, students may earn college credit based on the student's score on a national exam and college policy.
The dual enrollment program for those junior/senior high school students who wish to attend Central Florida Community College or another fully accredited college of university as a part-time college credit student. The philosophy of this program assumes that the student should have exhausted the available course opportunities at the high school level and should have attained a high level of academic achievement throughout the high school years.
To be eligible for dual enrollment, a student should have a minimum unweighted cumulative 3.0 GPA for academic coursework and a B (3.0) or better average in the subject area in which college courses are to be taken. Students need an unweighted cumulative 2.0 GPA for vocational classes. Students must meet freshman-level criteria established by the college/university in regard to placement testing. The high school principal will certify whether or not the credits are to be used for high school credit. The school district will also determine the college courses that generate extra quality points.
The number of courses taken during the junior or senior year will be determined jointly by the principal and the college/university director of admissions. College credits may be used to satisfy appropriate high school credit requirements or may be earned in addition to regular fulfillment of high school credit requirements. No high school credit may be granted for courses which duplicate a course offered by the high school at which the student is attending.
Any student considering a dual enrollment program must contact his/her counselor for information. All programs will be approved by the Assistant Principal for Curriculum. STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY. (See the Junior counselor for additional information.)
State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0241 authorizes community colleges and district school boards to conduct dual enrollment classes. These classes, taught on college campuses, afford qualified high school students the opportunity to obtain both high school and college credit. Students must be juniors or seniors with an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 and one of the following test scores:
- SAT -- Verbal 440, Math 440
- ACT -- Reading 18, English 17, Math 19
- CPT -- Reading Comp 83, Sent SK. 83, Elem. Alg 72
Weighted Courses In The Determination Of Grade Point Averages
All Honors, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment courses, specified Career & Technical courses, designated by the Department of Education Course Code Directory, are weighted, and receive an additional 1.0 quality point value. In order to receive additional weighting, students must receive a “C” or better in the course.