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Dual Enrollment: A Decision the Whole Family Can Feel Good About

As a dual enrollment student, you can begin taking college classes in high school and earn a two-year college degree by the time you graduate or soon after. The courses you take count toward both your high school diploma and your college requirements. There are two options for you to pursue. In most cases, tuition and books are free.

 

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STEPS FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTs

Step 1. Meet with High School Counselor to discuss dual enrollment eligibility

  • Four high school credits, of which two must include one English Language Arts and one Math course

  • College-ready test scores through ACT (http://actstudent.org/scores), SAT (http://sat.collegeboard.org/home), ACCUPLACER and/or PERT

  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 for grades 6-9, 3.0 for grades 10-12, or unweighted high GPA of 3.2 for Seniors who wish to early admit

  • Home education students must be registered with the Palm Beach County School District Home Education Office

Step 2. Apply to PBSC

Once your application is submitted:


Step 3. Complete Dual Enrollment Orientation 


Step 4. Submit required documents

You will need the following documents to submit your course request via the online Dual Enrollment Authorization Request through Engage:

  • Dual Enrollment Authorization Form: completed by High School Counselor with student, and legal guardian

  • GPA verification/transcript 

  • AICE, IB or AP scores for any course that requires a pre-requisite.  

  • Letter of recommendation from high school principal (Early Admission students only)

Home Education:

Cheryl L. Bottini, Ph.D.
Program Planner | Home Education
PBCSD Home Education Office
3300 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite C-124
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
P: 561-434-8052
E: HomeEd@palmbeachschools.org


What Courses Should I Take?

Dual enrolled students can take any course toward the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Feel free to use the resources below during the course selection process!

Dual Enrollment Approved Courses: comprehensive list of classes participants are eligible to take

Dual Enrollment A.A. General Education Checklist: designed to assist counselors and the parents of home-schooled students in course selection

It is organized by subject area requirement: Communications, Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science

It focuses on the General Education requirements needed for students to transfer after the completion of their Associate of Arts degree

Credit by Exam Table: displays how AP, AICE, CLEP and/or IB courses transfer into the college

Transfer Major Guidelines: list courses that are prerequisites for common majors


Step 5. Register for Classes

Once your documents have been processed, you will receive an email to your PBSC student email account letting you know you are okay to register! Once registered, be sure to:

  • Review resources under Current Student

Textbooks

Public/charter: contact High School Counselor

Home Education: contact DualEnrollment@palmbeachstate.edu


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Email:  Dual Enrollment


 

RESOURCES FOR CURRENT STUDENTs

What Does It Mean To Be A Panther?

The Student Handbook is published to help you understand Palm Beach State College and its many elements.

It outlines services, programs, and activities of the college, which are designed to enhance the quality of a student’s educational experience.


Are You Up For The Challenge?

The Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College provides students with a challenging and supportive academic environment that encourages them to think critically, demonstrate leadership and develop ethical standards.


Are You Graduating?

The Finish4Free scholarship pays full tuition and registration fees for selected students who have earned 30 or more college credits (AP, AICE, IB included) to complete their Associate degree.


Need Assistance Applying For Scholarships?

Take advantage of the FREE workshops on applying for scholarships!


Thinking About What To Major In?

Take a free Career Assessment to learn about yourself, and Career Coach will give you career suggestions based on your interests!


Need Someone To Talk To?

The Student Counseling Center provides services and programs to help students maintain their emotional well-being in order to achieve their educational goals.


Are You in Need of Special Accomodations?

The Center for Student Accessibility provides services for students with a disability that impacts their success in the classroom.


Am I Safe On Campus?

The Campus Security office is continually striving to improve our methods of communication to make it more convenient for you to reach our staff in times of need on campus.


More info?

Email: Dual Enrollment


 

 

RESOURCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS
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Registration Forms

For immediate access to forms, contact Dual Enrollment


What Courses Should I Recommend?

Dual Enrollment Approved Courses: comprehensive list of classes participants are eligible to take

Dual Enrollment A.A. General Education Checklist: designed to assist counselors and the parents of home-schooled students in course selection

It is organized by subject area requirement: Communications, Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science

It focuses on the General Education requirements needed for students to transfer after the completion of their Associate of Arts degree

Credit by Exam Table: displays how AP, AICE, CLEP and/or IB courses transfer into the college

Transfer Major Guidelines: list courses that are prerequisites for common majors


Current Articulation Agreement

PBCSD-Palm Beach State-FAU Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement as required required by Florida State Statute 


Additional Resources

High School Counselor Resource Guide: comprehensive guide to all resources and tools available at the college

PBCSD High School Counseling Webpage


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Basics

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual Enrollment (DE) is a program where eligible high school students attend college to earn college credits  while still fulfilling high school graduation requirements.


How do I qualify for Dual Enrollment?

Qualified students are required to have:

  • Four high school credits, of which two must include one English Language Arts and one Math course

  • College-ready test scores through ACT (http://actstudent.org/scores), SAT (http://sat.collegeboard.org/home), ACCUPLACER and/or PERT

  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 for grades 6-9, 3.0 for grades 10-12, or unweighted high GPA of 3.2 for Seniors who wish to early admit

  • Home education students must be registered with the Palm Beach County School District Home Education Office

What is the cost to participate in Dual Enrollment?

It is FREE to participate!


Does my student need to either be a resident of Palm Beach County or attend a school located in Palm Beach County?

Yes.


How do I get started?

Students should meet with their High School Counselor first to make sure they are eligible for the program. All DE students must:

  • Complete an online application
  • Submit GPA verification/transcript (to dual enroll 3.5 GPA for grades 6-9 and 3.0 GPA for grades 10-12; to early admit 3.2 GPA, Seniors only)
  • Submit college level placement test scores (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, and/or PERT)
  • Submit applicable AP, AICE and/or IB scores
  • Submit Dual Enrollment Authorization Form
  • Satisfy the orientation requirement

In addition, home education students must submit a Legal Compliance and Eligibility Form (signed by school district).


Testing

What is the PERT test?

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is the placement test Florida uses to determine whether students are ready for college-level course work. The PERT consists of three sections: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. This is an adaptive test that consists of 30 questions per section. It typically takes three hours to complete.

PERT scores are valid for two years.


What is the ACCUPLACER?

ACCUPLACER is a series of tests that evaluate a students preparedness for college-level courses. Using computer-adaptive technology, students are tested on three areas: mathematics, reading and writing. 


What resources are available to help me prepare for the placement test(s)?


Is there a deadline to take the PERT or ACCUPLACER, and sign up for DE?

The schools have deadlines for students to request and qualify for Dual Enrollment for the following term. Students should work within the guidelines of their school. Students should refer to the PBSC academic calendar for appropriate registration dates for the semester applicable to them. Seats are limited and fill quickly, so the sooner students qualify, notify their counselor and complete the process, the better.


What are the test score requirements?

ACCUPLACER:

  • Writing/English: 245
  • Reading: 245
  • Math: 242

ACT:

  • Writing/English: 17
  • Reading: 19
  • Math: 19 

SAT:

  • Writing/English: 25
  • Reading: 24
  • Math: 24 

PERT: 

  • Writing/English: 103
  • Reading: 106
  • Math: 114 

Placement into higher level math courses are dependent upon score. 


Classes

What courses should I take?

Dual enrolled students can take any course toward the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Feel free to use the resources below during the course selection process!

Dual Enrollment Approved Courses: comprehensive list of classes participants are eligible to take

Dual Enrollment A.A. General Education Checklist: designed to assist counselors and the parents of home-schooled students in course selection

It is organized by subject area requirement: Communications, Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science

It focuses on the General Education requirements needed for students to transfer after the completion of their Associate of Arts degree.


Where are the DE classes held?

DE students can participate in classes held at any of our five campuses (Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Bell Glade, Loxahatchee, and Palm Beach Gardens). Our courses are also offered online.


How are dual enrollment courses accommodated into my student’s high school schedule?

Students participating in DE on PBSC campuses are allowed early release by their high school to accommodate their college course schedule.


Can my student, who is in a magnet, AICE, IB, etc. program at their high school, still dual enroll?

Yes, but they should meet with their high school counselor to discuss best options.


How do I register for classes?

Students will register for classes online once logged into their Palm Beach State student account.


Will my credits from PBSC transfer to other Florida colleges and universities?

Yes, your credits will be fully transferable within the state of Florida; however, for private or out-o-f-state schools, you should inquire of that school.


What resources are available at PBSC?

PBSC provides a variety of resources aimed at student success including:

  • PBSC instructors who have office hours for one-on-one student help,
  • Libraries and Student Learning Centers (SLC Labs) on each campus that offer resources and free tutoring,
  • A Counseling Center which provides services and programs to help students maintain their emotional well-being to achieve their educational goals,
  • A Technical Support Help Desk is available at 561-868-4000 for help technology issues,
  • Accommodations for hearing or vision loss, a chronic illness, an emotional, learning or physical disability can be made with The Center for Student Accessibility at each campus,
  • A Career Center that can help develop soft skills, assist with job placement and identify a career path,
  • Students can also register to take a tour of their home campus, so they’ll know where to get the services they need to succeed.

Is transportation provided for DE students?

All students are responsible for their own transportation.


Are DE students able to participate in extracurricular activities on the PBSC campus?

Yes, and they are strongly encouraged to! There are many student clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities for DE students to participate in.


If I desire to remain at PBSC after I graduate high school, what do I need to do to become a traditional student?

We would be glad for you to remain a student at PBSC after you’ve met all high school graduation requirements. Please meet with our Admissions/Registration team at the campus of your choosing so we can help you enroll! Make sure you ask about our Finish4Free program!


Parents/Guardians

Can I Access My Students Information?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) allows the release of "Directory Information" without the student's prior consent.

This includes dates of attendance, major field of study, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees and awards received, and educational institutions attended.


Are We Safe On Campus?

The answer is yes! Palm Beach State College is now using the Rave Mobile Safety and the Rave Guardian Mobile App to communicate with students and employees in an emergency.


More info?

Email: Dual Enrollment


 


 

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