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Important Updates for Students

Eligibility for Dual Enrollment for 2021-22
Polk County Public School students attempting to enroll in Dual Enrollment courses 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 meeting passing thresholds on the PERT) and select courses through the electronic DELTA registration system.

Regarding scheduling courses for students who were not able to take the PERT in a previous semester due to the Florida DOE COVID-19 Emergency Order (E.O. 20-52), if a course needs a prerequisite class, and the student has already successfully completed the prerequisite class in that particular subject area, then the PERT test is not needed for that subject area.

Additional information regarding Dual Enrollment through Polk State College can be found at www.polk.edu/admission-aid/dual-enrollment-early-admission. Students should contact their high school counselor first if they have specific questions about scheduling courses for the 2021-22 school year.

Returning Books from Previous Semesters
For students who took a Dual Enrollment course with a Polk State College instructor, all books should be returned to the Polk State College bookstore between April 12th and May 7th, to avoid the student being placed on a financial obligation list.

For students taking a Dual Enrollment course with a High School instructor, all books should be returned to the high school at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

For students eligible and scheduled for summer classes at Polk State, instructional materials may be available through their current high school at no cost to the student. If unavailable at the high school, necessary books can be ordered and picked up from the college bookstore between April 26th and May 17th. For additional information please contact the bookstore at 863-299-3325.

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.