Advanced Placement Program
The Advanced Placement Program consists of over 37 college level courses and exams across 22 subject areas that are offered at high schools. Courses are available in several subject areas from art to statistics. Participation in AP courses gives students an excellent preparation for college and university studies. Successful completion of the course and receipt of a qualifying score on the national AP exam may result in college credit or advanced placement in college courses at many colleges and universities.
Advanced Placement courses are offered to all interested and qualified students wishing to pursue the most rigorous course of study. The prerequisites vary according to each discipline. Students who select an AP course are expected to complete the course and sit for the AP Exam.
Honors courses are also offered in most subjects for students wishing to pursue a more rigorous course of study. Placement in Honors courses is based upon many factors including previous academic record and standardized test results. All students are strongly urged to challenge themselves by attempting Honors level courses.
Exceptional Student Education
Eligibility for the ESE Program is based on district and state requirements. The Individual Educational Plan (IEP) Committee is responsible for making educational placement decisions, determining appropriate educational services, and developing an IEP for eligible students. The school’s ESE Specialist will offer assistance in determining the appropriate placement of ESE students.
English Language Learners
Students whose language of origin is other than English have educational needs that are somewhat different from those of native English-speaking students. Students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program are required to meet the same curriculum standards as any other student in English and content area instruction. Teachers provide comprehensible instruction to English Language Learners through the use of ESOL instructional strategies. The Guidance Department and ELL contact personnel will offer assistance in determining the appropriate placement, testing, and language assessment of ELLs.
Magnet programs expand educational choices for students. The programs offer students unique opportunities for in-depth experiences and study in specific areas of interest. Each Magnet program emphasizes a specialized theme. The programs set high expectations for all students to improve student achievement, prepare for college careers of the 21st Century. In addition, Magnet programs offer students real-world and hands-on experiences through internship and mentorship opportunities.
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Through Career and Technical Education programs of study students graduate from high school academically and technologically prepared for postsecondary education/college and to begin their career. Students who select a career and technical education program/high school major area of interest and who successfully complete the prescribed sequence of courses will have the opportunity to work towards:
A College-Ready Diploma that includes high rigor academics and a career and technical education (CTE) program of study, with work-based experiences through an internship, O-J-T (On the Job Training), clinical rotations, or job shadowing.
The award of a technical program certificate.
Articulated postsecondary/college credits at recognized institutions of higher learning that will save students time and money in the pursuit of their post secondary education.
One or more credentials/licenses recognized by business and industry.
A Florida Ready to Work Certificate signed by the governor and recognized by a multitude of businesses throughout Florida, documenting mastery of the requisite skills required for entry into their chosen profession.
The Florida Bright Futures/Gold Seal Scholarship Award.
Career and Technical programs of study may differ from one high school to another. The programs are structured within 16 National Career Clusters. All careers, regardless of the level of education required, can be identified as a part of one of the 16 National Career Clusters. Students should see their guidance counselor to obtain information on the availability of programs and courses at their school related to the 16 National Career Clusters, or visit the career and technical education website.
Dual Enrollment in High School and College Courses
Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree at a Florida public postsecondary institution. High school students who meet program requirements may concurrently enroll in courses that are creditable toward a post-secondary certificate, Associate’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree at technical centers, Broward College, and state universities.
Students must meet the following requirements:
- Earn a minimum of 11 credits prior to enrollment.
- Earn a minimum 3.0 unweighted grade point average prior to enrollment (2.0 for technical dual enrollment).
- Obtain approval from parent and from the high school principal.
- Obtain minimum ACT, CPT, SAT or PERT placement scores prior to enrollment.
- Select courses from the approved list (For courses counting as electives toward the high school diploma, books are not provided by the District).
- Satisfy any required prerequisites.
- Maintain a 3.0 unweighted GPA (2.0 in technical dual enrollment) in high school coursework and a 2.0 college GPA in order to continue in the program.
- The 3.0 high school GPA is inclusive of any Dual Enrollment College Courses taken.
- Conform to all School Board and post-secondary institution policies and procedures.
Current law allows for any course in the Statewide Course Numbering System, with the exception of remedial courses and Physical Education skills courses, to be offered as dual enrollment. Three-credit (or equivalent) postsecondary courses taken through dual enrollment that are not listed on the FLORIDA DOE DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE – HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECT AREA EQUIVALENCY LIST shall be awarded 0.5 high school credits, either as an elective or as designated in the local interinstitutional articulation agreement.
NOTE: Most three credit hour dual enrollment courses equate to one-half (.5) high school credit, but some three and four credit hour dual enrollment courses equate to one (1.0) high school credit. See your school guidance counselor for a listing.Below are the Broward College Dual Enrollment Deadlines for the 2017-2018 year.
- Spring Term 2018
- DE Deadline – Friday, October 6, 2017
- Registration begins – Monday, November 6, 2017
(BC is on Spring Break from March 5 – 9)
- Summer Term 2018
- DE Deadline – Thursday, February 15, 2018
- Registration begins – Monday, March 12, 2018
Early Admissions Program
Early admission is another form of dual enrollment through which eligible students enroll in a college on a full-time basis during the last year of high school. Both high school and college credit will be awarded when attending colleges where an articulation agreement in is force.
Students must meet the following requirements:
- Must be entering the last year of high school based upon declared graduation date prior to enrollment
- Must complete all graduation requirements with the exception of those requirements that can be met in the last year of high school prior to enrollment in early admission
- Must earn a passing score on the FCAT
- Must be enrolled in a Broward County public high school at least one semester prior to seeking early admission
- Earn a minimum 3.0 unweighted grade point average prior to enrollment
- Must be accepted by a post-secondary institution authorized by Florida law or accredited
- Obtain approval from the high school principal and parent
- Select appropriate courses to satisfy graduation requirements
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework in order to continue in the program
- Conform to all School Board and post-secondary institution policies and procedures
College Academy at Broward College
The College Academy@ BC (CA), located on the central campus of Broward College, is a full-time dual enrollment program for Broward County high school students. Students may apply in January and February of their sophomore year.
Eligibility criteria are as follows:
3.25 unweighted grade point average; meet qualifying CA CPT score requirements; pass 10th grade FCAT at level 3 or higher; application, personal essay; teacher/counselor recommendation; and good attendance/behavior record
All college and high school courses are taught on the college campus. The program offers qualified students the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts (AA) degree concurrently. The quality of the College Academy program is demonstrated by the success of its graduates: 100% of the Class of 2010 earned both a high school diploma and an AA degree and matriculated to upper division colleges and universities. Also, in 2010, 100% of College Academy students qualified for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program as a Florida Academic Scholar or a Florida Medallion Scholar. Students attend classes from late August through late June, taking a minimum of 15 college credits per semester and a minimum of six college credits in the first summer term. Students must maintain a 2.5 college grade point average in order to remain at The College Academy.
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.
For further information, about the College Academy at Broward College see your guidance counselor.
State University System (SUS) Admission Requirements
There are eleven public universities in Florida. Admission into Florida’s state universities is limited by available space. Competition for space depends on the number and qualifications of those who apply for admission. To increase the chance of admission, high school students should try to exceed the minimum requirements and apply to more than one university.
Admission decisions are based on: 1) high school graduation; 2) grade point average in academic core courses; 3) admission test scores; and 4) course distribution requirements.
State University System (SUS) Elective Requirements
Freshman applicants to the State University System must have two or three additional high school credits as electives.
Students and counselors are advised to consider carefully the importance of elective course work. Completion of the required 18 credits for SUS admission guarantees acceptance only in the case of Talented 20 students. Therefore, the stronger an applicant’s preparation, the better their chance of admission into the university of choice.