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Important Updates for Students

Instructional Materials (books and access codes) for Fall Semester

If students are enrolled in courses on a Polk State College campus, or online with a Polk State instructor, and they have not yet received the required instructional materials for all Fall semester courses, students should contact the Polk State College bookstore by phone (863-299-3325) or by email (SM8126@bncollege.com) to check their status.

For students enrolled in Dual Enrollment courses on a high school campus, or online with a high school instructor, instructional materials will be provided by the high school.

 

Eligibility for Dual Enrollment in Fall

Polk County Public School students attempting to enroll in Dual Enrollment courses for the first time, must meet the requirements set forth in the post-secondary institution’s articulation agreement, including an unweighted cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, and select courses through the electronic DELTA registration system.

For students who were not able to take the PERT due to the Florida Department of Education Emergency Order from May 13, 2020, the PERT minimum score requirement has been waived until the Emergency Order gets lifted.

 

Returning Books from Spring and Summer Semesters

For students who took at a Dual Enrollment course or courses on a Polk State College campus and picked up their books at a Polk State College bookstore at the beginning of the semester, books are still expected to be returned to the college bookstore.

Given the current health crisis and students not being permitted on Polk State campuses, students should return all books with a free label through UPS. Information is available at https://polk.bncollege.com/shop/polk/page/rental-book-return.

What is dual enrollment?

The dual enrollment program is an accelerated program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward both high school completion and a career certificate, or an associate or baccalaureate degree, at a Florida public institution. (s. 1007.271 F.S.). Specific dual enrollment courses may be offered on a high school campus, if a certified teacher is available to teach the course and enough students register for the course, or at some postsecondary campuses.

What are the benefits of taking dual enrollment courses?

Benefits of dual enrollment include:

  • Academically talented students take college classes while still in high school.
  • It broadens students’ educational opportunities and increases their depth of study.
  • Dual enrollment is free (no tuition or fees).
  • Students who successfully complete a dual enrollment course earn high school credit and college credit that may be transferable to other postsecondary institutions.*

What are the prerequisites for students who want to take dual enrollment courses?

  • Students must have earned, and maintain, a minimum unweighted grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 to be eligible for academic dual enrollment.
  • Students must meet the minimum required score on a common placement test adopted by the State Board of Education, which indicates that the student is ready for college-level coursework.
  • Student eligibility requirements for initial and continued enrollment in career certificate dual enrollment courses include a 2.0 unweighted college GPA.
  • Students must meet all other requirements indicated on the articulation agreement with the postsecondary institution (see links below).

Categories of Dual Enrollment

  • Part-time dual enrollment (3-11 college credits per semester)
  • Early admission (12-15 college credits per semester)
  • Accelerated degree program (15-18 college credits per semester)

Florida State Statutes

f.s. 1007.271(2)

…Students who are eligible for dual enrollment pursuant to this section may enroll in dual enrollment courses conducted during school hours, after school hours, and during the summer term. However, if the student is projected to graduate from high school before the scheduled completion date of a postsecondary course, the student may not register for that course through dual enrollment….

…A student enrolled as a dual enrollment student is exempt from the payment of registration, tuition, and laboratory fees.

f.s. 1007.271 (18)

School districts and Florida College System institutions must weigh dual enrollment courses the same as advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses when grade-point averages are calculated.