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.
Parents/Guardians of eligible students must complete a Request for Academic Acceleration form AND register electronically for a specific testing date and location.
Request for Academic Acceleration forms can be obtained in the drop-down below.
There are six testing opportunities from which to choose. Space is limited at each site.
2019 ACCEL Testing Locations:
• June 11th —- Valleyview Elementary
• June 12th —- Bartow Elementary Academy
• June 13th —- Dundee Elementary
• June 18th —- Chain of Lake Elementary
• June 19th —- Sleepy Hill Elementary
• June 20th —- Jewett School of the Arts
Testing for eligible students entering grades 3-6 in August 2019, will be from 8:30am-12:00 at each site.
Testing for eligible students entering grades 1-2 in August 2019, will be from 1:00pm-4:00 at each site.
The Request for Academic Acceleration form must be completed, signed by the parent and school administrator, and returned to the child’s school or to the Office of Acceleration and Innovation by May 31, 2019.
Parents/Guardians must also register for a specific test session by May 31, 2019.
Florida State Statutes
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
- Elementary School Contract (Spanish) (Haitian Creole)
- Middle School Contract (Spanish) (Haitian Creole)
- Secondary students will adhere to the policies and expectations in all courses.
Parents/guardians of interested students should contact their school for information specific to their child’s situation.