High School Acceleration MechanismsHigh school courses come in a variety of styles. Some high school courses count towards a college degree while others can be taken over the internet in virtual classrooms. Special programs, such as International Baccalaureate, offer courses and diplomas that are recognized around the world. All of these courses may be used to help a student accelerate so that the student either finishes high school in less than four years and/or graduates from high school with some college courses already completed. Florida law requires that we notify the parents of all high school students of the opportunities and benefits of the courses that allow students to accelerate. The table below describes these courses, the benefits of taking them, and where they are offered within the Broward County Public School system:
|Type of Course||Benefits||Which High Schools Offer These Courses|
|Advanced Placement (AP)||Students receive high school credit and, if they pass the end-of-year exam, receive college credit (with no college tuition cost.) Students who are successful in these rigorous AP courses are more competitive college applicants.||All high schools within the Broward County Public School System.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||Students who receive the prestigious IB diploma are held in the highest esteem by universities throughout the world. IB graduates are often eligible for scholarships and are admitted as sophomores into many colleges.||Boyd Anderson High, Deerfield Beach High, Miramar High and Plantation High. Students must apply through the Magnet Programs Office. Call (754) 321-2380 for more information.|
|Dual Enrollment (DE)||Students receive both high school and college credit for these college-level courses, allowing the student to earn college credit with no college tuition cost. Classes are taught by college professors.||Courses are offered at Broward College, some area universities, and some high schools.|
|Florida Virtual School & Broward Virtual School||Students learn at their own pace at school or at home whenever they choose.||All high schools within the Broward County Public School System.|
Some of these courses identified may be good choices for your child; however, not all of these courses are appropriate for all students. Enrolling in these courses is an individual decision based on your child’s unique characteristics and future plans. I urge you to discuss these courses with your child’s guidance counselor and teachers as soon as possible.
Individual questions regarding whether these programs are right for your child should be directed to the Guidance Counselor at your child’s school.
Parent Preference Form
- Parent/Guardian Preference Form for Placement in Non-recommended Courses