1. WHAT IS THE COLLEGE ACADEMY?
The College Academy is a full-time dual enrollment public high school located on the beautiful Broward College Central and North Campuses. Students attend during their junior and senior year of high school and may elect to attend either the North or Central campus. The program is designed for academically talented or gifted high school students who wish to participate in an accelerated high school experience. Each student receives an individualized two-year educational plan that incorporates rigorous core curriculum and courses in a student’s major area of career/academic interest. CA’s composite SAT and ACT scores are the highest in the county and rank among the top schools in the state. CA students are admitted to colleges and universities throughout the nation.
2. WHAT DOES THE COLLEGE ACADEMY PROGRAM OFFER?
CA offers qualified students the opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from Broward College. It also provides an opportunity for students to meet Florida Bright Future Scholarship requirements.
3. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND THE COLLEGE ACADEMY?
As a CA student, all tuition, books and fees are provided at no cost to the participants.
4. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLEGE ACADEMY, DUAL ENROLLMENT, AND EARLY ADMISSION?
College Academy students are AA degree seeking, they attend both junior and senior years. Because CA students are degree seeking, they are permitted to take the number of courses necessary to earn an AA degree and they receive priority registration. Dual enrollment limits the number of college courses a student may take according to the student's grade level. Early admission is for seniors only.
5. DO STUDENTS FOLLOW THE CALENDAR FOR BROWARD SCHOOLS OR BROWARD COLLEGE?
CA Students follow the Broward College calendar. Breaks and exam dates differ from the traditional high schools.
6. WHAT IS AN ASSOCIATE IN ARTS (AA) DEGREE?
The Associate in Arts degree is a 60-credit minimum undergraduate degree that guarantees that students fulfilled all General Education requirements towards earning a bachelor's degree. General Education requirements include 36 credit hours with courses in English/Communications, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Math, Physical and Biological Sciences, Humanities, Wellness, World Language, and other local requirements. The philosophy behind the Associate in Arts degree is that students should take coursework in a variety of disciplines to become well rounded learners and global citizens. Students must also earn a minimum of 24 elective hours which can be used to fulfill prerequisite coursework for a major or exploratory/survey courses.
7. ARE STUDENTS STILL ELIGIBLE TO QUALIFY FOR FREE AND REDUCED MEALS?
Yes, Broward County Public Schools offer qualified CA students free and reduced lunch.
8. IS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE TO THE COLLEGE ACADEMY?
Broward County Public Schools provides transportation to eligible students (those that reside more than 2 miles from campus). Students residing south of Sunrise Boulevard will not be eligible for SBBC transportation for North Campus. BC Parking Decals are available for students providing their own transportation. Many students also utilize the Broward County Transit Authority to and from school.
9. WILL STUDENTS BE ABLE TO TRANSFER TO A UNIVERSITY?
Yes, Florida Statute 1007.23 and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024 assure certain rights to Associate in Arts graduates who wish to continue on to a baccalaureate degree. An AA degree from a public Florida State College guarantees admission to an upper division institution in the State University System.
10. WHAT IS THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS?
Students submit an application online by the deadline. Incomplete and/or applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications that pass an initial screening process will be approved to take the PERT Admissions Test. Applicants must check status of application to ensure compliance with procedures and deadlines. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available seats a computerized random selection process will be utilized. A qualified applicant is one that has met all criteria and deadlines and testing requirements.
11. WHO MAY APPLY?
The College Academy is designed for students who have the maturity required for college campus life, the discipline to use their time wisely, and the academic ability to handle the rigor of college work. CA students come from public, private, and home school environments. Students must be Broward County residents and meet all the eligibility criteria at the time of application. Please see our website for eligibility criteria & testing requirements.
11. HOW DO I SUBMIT PERT SCORES?
If you test at a BC campus you must self identify as as a CA applicant, BC will communicate your scores to CA. If you have PERT, ACCUPLACER, ACT or SAT scores that you would like to use you must provide a copy of your score report.
12. DO I HAVE TO SEND IN TRANSCRIPTS?
If you attend a Broward County Public School, no you do not have to send in your transcripts. If you are not a current Broward Country Public School student, for example you are a private, charter or home school student, yes you must submit an official school transcript. Transcripts must be received prior to the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
13. WHAT DOES A STUDENT'S DAY LOOK LIKE?
Students take a full-time college course schedule. Classes within the CA Learning Community are comprised of CA students only, while other classes are taken with the general BC population. First year students attend Term 1, Term 2, and Term 3A. Each student's schedule is individualized based upon program requirements, student placement, and interest.
14. CAN I ATTEND ANY BROWARD COLLEGE CAMPUS?
Students may take classes at BC North and Central campus. Due to enrollment and staffing requirements, students select the campus during the application process. All students are eligible to attend the Central campus. Students who provide their own transportation may choose either campus. Students residing south of Sunrise Boulevard will not be eligible for SBBC transportation to North campus.
15. MUST COLLEGE ACADEMY STUDENTS STAY ON CAMPUS BETWEEN 9:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.?
Because student schedules are individualized, some students may arrive later or leave earlier than the school day. Students may also take courses (with permission) outside of the school day.
16. WHAT COURSES WILL BE OFFERED?
CA students may take courses from a wide range of elective and general education courses approved for dual enrollment and offered by Broward College. A two-year plan is developed for each student and is individualized to incorporate program requirements, student interest, career/academic goals and ensure a high level of rigor to prepare students for upper division university admission and studies.
17. IS TUTORING OR ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?
CA faculty serve as tutors and mentors. Students are also encouraged to form study groups with their peers and to utilize the Broward College Academic Resource Center for free tutoring.
18. WHERE DO COLLEGE ACADEMY STUDENTS CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION TO EARN BACHELORS, MASTERS, AND DOCTORATES?
CA graduates have attended many distinguished universities throughout the nation, including, but not limited to: Auburn, Brown, The Citadel, Cornell, Duke, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Harvard, Howard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Norhtwestern, Princeton, Rice, Texas A & M, Tufts, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Michigan, Yale, and all universities in Florida.
19. ARE STUDENT ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES?
CA students participate in many traditional high school activities including National Honor Society, Grad Bash, Prom, Senior Brunch/Signing Day and College Tours. CA students may also participate in Broward College’s extensive extracurricular activities and programs.
20. ARE STUDENTS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN ATHLETICS?
Yes, Students may participate in athletics with their home high school. Permission must be granted by the school principal and the FHSAA. However, the rigorous nature of the CA program and the CA & BC class times may make it very difficult for students to participate with their home high school. CA does not alter student schedules for work or afterschool activities. Students are not eligible to compete in BC athletic programs.
21. DO STUDENTS HAVE TO MAINTAIN A SPECIFIC GRADE POINT AVERAGE TO REMAIN AT THE COLLEGE ACADEMY?
Yes, a student must maintain a 2.5 College GPA to remain in the program.
22. DO STUDENTS FOLLOW THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT OR RULES AND REGULATIONS SET FORTH BY BROWARD COLLEGE?
Students enrolled in The College Academy must adhere to rules and regulations of both institutions.
23. WHERE CAN I FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLEGE ACADEMY?
Attend one of our informational Open Houses for Prospective Students (see Registration Timeline) or visit our website: www.browardschools.com/collegeacademy