Important Updates for Students
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 Semester
For students who were taking at a Dual Enrollment course or courses on a Polk State College campus who picked up their books at a Polk State College bookstore at the beginning of this semester, books are still expected to be returned to the college bookstore at the end of this semester.
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 at the end of the semester.
Information is available at https://polk.bncollege.com/shop/polk/page/rental-book-return.
Getting Books for Summer Semester
For students who have qualified for and have scheduled summer online courses with Polk State College, click the button below for information on how to find and acquire your necessary instructional materials.
How to Place an Online Order through the Polk State College Bookstore Website
Dual Enrolled Students – Summer 2020
Find Your Course Materials
- Visit the PSC Online Bookstore at www.polk.bncollege.com.
- Click on the “Textbook” tab.
- Enter your course information. This information can be found on the student’s schedule on Passport. After filling out all information, click on “Find Materials.” The next screen will display any materials associated with the courses you entered.
- -If a textbook/supply is listed as “REQUIRED,” it is required for the course. Dual enrolled students may only acquire required materials. (PCPS dual enrolled students will not personally be charged for required materials.)
- -If a textbook is listed as “GO TO CLASS FIRST” this course is participating in the “First Day Program” and the materials are available on Canvas at a discounted rate. The student will need to log into the course on Canvas, click on “Course Materials,” and OPT-IN to the textbook.
- Select the New, Used, or Digital Buy option. DO NOT SELECT A RENTAL OPTION.
- After choosing the desired format, click “Add to Cart” located at the bottom of the screen.
Once all desired items have been added to the cart, click “Checkout.”
If there are any USED textbooks in the cart, a message will appear explaining that the total cost of the transaction is dependent on the availability of a USED textbook. If the order cannot be fulfilled with a USED textbook, a NEW textbook will be substituted.
The next screen will display Shipping Information.
- Please confirm the shipping address is correct before moving to the payment screen.
- Click on “Financial Aid” as the pay option. (PCPS dual enrolled students will not personally be charged for required materials.)
- Be sure to enter your Polk State College student ID.
- Review the order and click “Submit.”
Students should receive a confirmation email that the order has been submitted. Once the order has been fulfilled, the student will receive a second email with a UPS tracking number.
Students or parents may direct questions to the Polk State College bookstore by calling the number below or by visiting the bookstore website.
Polk State College Bookstore
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
…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.