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What is ACCEL?

Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) is part of Florida state law (Florida Statute 1002.3105), and was adopted in spring 2014.

Students in grades K-12 in Polk County Public Schools are eligible to participate in an ACCEL option when they have successfully completed academically challenging coursework in the previous school year or performed at the 93rd percentile or higher on a series of SAT10 subtests taken during the summer.

Options for eligible students include:

  • Subject matter acceleration within a student’s regular classroom
  • Subject matter acceleration within a student’s enrolled school
  • Virtual instruction in a higher grade level subject
  • Whole grade and mid-year promotion
  • High school credit acceleration granted by passing appropriate state End of Course Exams (EOC)

What are some of the benefits for students who are in ACCEL?

  • Students in an ACCEL option will be stretched academically by participating in a more challenging curriculum.
  • Students may have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities that students at their age/grade level would not normally participate in.
  • Students may be able to take middle school, high school, and/or college-level courses earlier in their academic career.

What are the prerequisites for students to participate in ACCEL?

  • Students must have successfully completed academically challenging coursework in the previous school year or performed at the 93rd percentile or higher on a series of SAT10 subtests taken during the summer.
  • Students must have a record of good attendance and conduct.
  • Students must be recommended by a teacher and school counselor or administrator.

There are several criteria that students must meet in order to be eligible for mid-year promotion. The option of mid-year promotion through ACCEL is only available for students currently in grades K, 1, 2, and 4.
 
The general district process for determining eligibility for mid-year promotion the 2019-2020 school year is as follows:
 

  • Interested parents or guardians of eligible students need to complete a Request for Academic Acceleration Form and return it their child’s school by 3:00pm on November 22nd 

o   The parent/guardian should meet with the principal or designee to review the request and the student’s eligibility for acceleration

  • Registered students will be issued a district-provided assessment during the week of December 9-13 at their school. School staff will administer the exam.
  • Results should be available and communicated to schools and parents by December 20th

Florida State Statutes

f.s. 1002.3105(1)(b)

Additional ACCEL options may include, but are not limited to, enriched science, technology, engineering, and mathematics coursework; enrichment programs; flexible grouping; advanced academic courses; combined classes; self-paced instruction; rigorous industry certifications that are articulated to college credit and approved pursuant to ss. 1003.492 and 1008.44; work-related internships or apprenticeships; curriculum compacting; advanced-content instruction; and telescoping curriculum.

District Expectations for Students in ACCEL

Parents/guardians of interested students should contact their school for information specific to their child’s situation.