Shea Murphy – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS held a dual enrollment meeting Wednesday in the auditorium to talk about and clarify college credit classes that will be available at the Ranch next school year. Several changes are expected.

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Parents and students listen to a presentation on dual enrolled courses.

Two major changes from this year are that applications will be submitted online by students at home and that both University of South Florida (USF) and State College of Florida (SCF) will sponsor classes at the Ranch.

SCF will still allow both juniors and seniors to take up to two full courses per term on the SCF campus and seniors may also participate in early admissions (a form of full-time dual enrollment that allows student to attend SCF for 12-15 college credit hours in the fall and spring). However, summer coursework is only offered to the Class of 2020 and will not be available after.

SCF eligibility requirements include a 3.0 unweighted high school G.P.A. at the time of application and enrollment, qualifying test scores, high school approval, and parent and guardian approval.

Qualifying test scores include:

Pert- A 106 for reading, 103 for writing, and 123 for math

ACT- A 19 for reading, 17 for English, and 20 for math

SAT- A 24 on the reading subtest, 24 on the writing subtest, and 27 for math.

There are five main steps to applying to take/register for classes at SCF. First students must determine whether they are eligible, apply for admission, submit placement test results, complete the Early College Approval Form (found in guidance), and finally register for classes (done by students at home).

Deadlines for SCF are May 15, 2019 for fall 2019 and Dec. 1, 2019 for spring 2020.

USF will also offer classes at the Ranch but has different eligibility requirements and steps to apply.

USF will offer college algebra, US history to 1877, US history to the present, written communication 1, and written communication 2. Students will only be allowed two dual enrolled courses per term.

Eligibility requirements include a minimum of six high school credits earned (two English, two math, 1 science, and 1 social studies), weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher as calculated at/by USF (based on only English, math, social studies, and foreign language courses), qualifying test scores (same as SCF), high school approval, and parent/guardian approval.

Several steps are necessary to apply to take classes through USF.

First, students must submit online USF applications as non-degree seeking students (they do not have to pay $30 application fee), request transcripts from LRHS student services offices (clipboard to request in guidance), and finally complete a Dual High School Dual Enrollment Approval Form (see counselor).

Prior to May 1, approval forms will be collected through the LRHS Student Services Office and turned into USF by the school. After May 1, the student is responsible.

All required forms must be submitted by June 28, 2019 for fall 2019 enrollment and Dec. 20, 2019 for spring 2020 enrollment.

LRHS assistant principal Dr. Melinda Lundy wants Mustangs to be aware that after June 1, school counselors will not be at LRHS and it would be very difficult for them to help students.

Lundy would also like to students to “remember that childhood is a journey not a race so be sure to make an informed decision.

“Students are encouraged to thoughtfully consider dual enrollment options and to take the necessary steps for taking advantage of the opportunity.”

Lundy said more information is available on  the LRHS Dual Enrollment PowerPoint where notes from the meeting and questions from the question box will be posted.

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