Due to certain legislative changes, most state colleges and universities are charging private schools for their students' tuition. (See "Dual Enrollment FAQs" by the Florida Department of Education) Currently, a student enrolled at Aspiring Heights Academy will only be eligible for dual enrollment if the college does not charge us for his or her tuition.
If we are not charged for our student's tuition, then a student enrolled in our High School Diploma Program may be eligible to enroll in courses creditable toward both a high school diploma and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree, provided any course prerequisites are satisfied and eligibility requirements, such as the required common placement test score and minimum grade point average, are met.
More specifically, Florida Statute 1007.271 states that an eligible secondary student is a student who is enrolled in a Florida private school which is in compliance with s. 1002.42(2) and provides a secondary curriculum pursuant to s. 1003.4282. Florida Statute 1007.271 further states that an eligible student must have and maintain a 3.0 unweighted high school grade point average (GPA). This means that before we can agree to a student's participation in a dual enrollment program, we must be able to certify his or her high school GPA and verify that the student is following a curriculum pursuant to s. 1003.4282.
If your child is interested in dual enrollment, you will first need to find out if your local community college or university charges private schools for their students' tuition. You also need to know what their enrollment deadlines, procedures, and requirements are. There are specific deadlines for applying for dual enrollment, placement testing (if your child does not already have qualifying test scores), and approvals. Also, if the community college or university requires an articulation agreement with our school and we do not already have one in place, we will need sufficient time to process the necessary paperwork. Please note, we will not enter into an articulation agreement with any college or university that charges us for our students' tuition.
Although Florida Statute 1007.271 establishes minimum eligibility criteria for participation in the dual enrollment program, according to the Florida Department of Education, eligibility for the program is not guaranteed. There is no Florida law or rule in place that requires Florida colleges to enter into articulation agreements with private schools.
For more information on dual enrollment and early college admission, please read Dual Enrollment and Early Admission Programs.
Dual enrollment courses become a part of your child's permanent college transcript and are calculated into his or her permanent high school GPA. Students who receive a failing grade may have difficulty meeting future admission requirements at colleges and universities and difficulty qualifying for financial aid and scholarships.