Dual Enrollment is authorized under Florida Statute 1007.271 as an articulated acceleration mechanism. It is intended to shorten the time necessary for students to complete the requirements associated with the conference of a high school diploma and college degree, broaden the scope of curricular options available to students, and increase the depth of study available for a particular subject.
Specifically, the state of Florida defines dual enrollment as follows: F.S.1007.271(1) The dual enrollment program is the enrollment of an eligible secondary student or home education student in a postsecondary course creditable toward high school completion and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. A student who is enrolled in postsecondary instruction that is not creditable toward a high school diploma may not be classified as a dual enrollment student.
Students and families should refer to the Dual Enrollment Guide, which is updated annually by the School Board of Volusia County and Daytona State College, for more information.
Requirements for Admission
1. The student must be enrolled in the School District of Volusia County.
2. The student must be recommended by their school counselor and principal (or designee). School representatives reserve the option to deny a request based on academic behavior and attendance records which indicate that the student would not be best served by this program. Readiness will be based on, but not be limited to, the following factors:
- Appropriate GPA (there are no exceptions to the required cumulative unweighted 3.0 high school GPA)
- Qualifying scores on either the SAT, ACT, P.E.R.T. or TABE Test
- Positive attendance patterns
- Lack of discipline problems
3. Students enrolling in A.A. and A.S. degree courses must have a cumulative unweighted minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in regular or advanced high school level courses, exhibit sufficient emotional maturity and study habits to benefit from the program, and be recommended for admittance into the dual enrollment program by their school counselor or administrator.
4. Students enrolling in vocational certificate courses must have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 in regular or advanced high school level courses and have sufficient emotional maturity and study habits to benefit from the program. Students must declare their intent to complete a specific career and technical education program.
5. Students must take the appropriate portion(s) of the Post-Secondary Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) to enroll in A.A., A.S., or College Credit Certificate courses, or the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) for vocational certificate courses, and demonstrate achievement at norms established as a prerequisite for the type of course requested. Students may also qualify by taking and meeting course specific standards on the SAT or ACT. Refer to the Dual Enrollment Guide for specific test score information.
Minimum and Maximum Hours for Dual Enrollment
The following chart gives the minimum and maximum combined high school course/college hours for Volusia County Schools students. In order to be considered a full-time student, students need to meet the minimum hours listed. Students cannot enroll for more than 15 credit hours at DSC.
- DSC offers 7-8 week "minimesters" during the school year. Students must enroll in these courses at the beginning of the semester, regardless of the "minimester" selected.
- This chart is for all courses that are semester hours for DSC, regardless of whether they are A.A. or A.S. degree courses
Registering for Courses
Students must schedule a meeting with their assigned School Counselor in order to obtain the necessary forms to then register for courses at the college.
- Prior to meeting with the School Counselor, students must complete the Dual Enrollment Pre-Meeting Form.
- The School Counselor will then provide the student with the paperwork need to enroll in courses through the college.
- College courses will only be added to a student's high school schedule after the student provides a copy of the college schedule to the School Counseling Office.