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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Mission:

Florida Southwestern State College, Palm Beach State College, Clewiston High School, and the Hendry County School Board have cooperative agreements allowing high school scholars, with demonstrated ability, to earn college credit while still in high school.  The college credit will be held in escrow until the scholar graduates from high school. Dual enrollment courses are offered during the regularly-scheduled school day, after school, during the summer, and online. Scholars must apply to Florida Southwestern State College and meet specific GPA (grade point average) requirements (3.0 GPA) and have appropriate college admissions test scores (from the PERT, ACT, or SAT tests) to take dual enrollment courses.  Scholars who take dual enrollment courses may apply the college credits and the grades earned toward Clewiston High School graduation requirements, their CHS GPA, and for consideration for Valedictorian or Salutatorian. See your guidance counselor for more information.



Q: What is Dual Enrollment?

It is a program that allows eligible high school scholars currently attending accredited Hendry County public or private high schools, or home school to simultaneously enroll in a college course. The credits that students earn must be used toward both a high school graduation and are acceptable toward a college Associate or Baccalaureate degree, or Technical Certificate. 

Q: What are some of the benefits of Dual Enrollment?
1. Enriches the course opportunities for outstanding high school students

2. Shortens the time to attain a college degree

3. Saves students and parents money, as dual enrollment students are exempt from paying application, registration, tuition, laboratory, and special fees if the class(es) taken are being used toward high school graduation. 

4. Provides students with college credit that is transferable to a college or university. 

5. Grades earned through dual enrollment will become part of the students' permanent high school and college transcripts

Q: Who is eligible for the Dual Enrollment program at Miami Dade? 

Scholars in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade that are enrolled in Hendry County public, private, home or Charter Schools are eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment programs. 

Scholars must have:

1. A minimum 3.5 high school unweighted grade point average (GPA).

2. Passed the appropriate sections of the College's Basic Skills Assessment Tests (PERT or CPT), or submitted adequate SAT/ACT scores.

3. Permission from the parent/guardian, high school principal and counselor.

4. Met with the College Dual Enrollment Coordinator at the Campus he/she plans to attend.

5. An understanding that the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses will be greater than in high school courses

NOTE: Scholars participating in dual enrollment must earn a grade of "C" or higher in their college-level courses to continue participation. Scholars whose College GPA falls below 2.0 are ineligible to continue dual enrollment.

Q: Are all college courses available for dual enrollment? 

No, there are some restrictions on the choice of courses:  Please contact our coordinator.

Q: When and where may dual enrollment courses be taken? 

The courses may be taken before school, after school, and during the summer. Scholars may only enroll in courses during regular high school hours when there is a written agreement between the high school and HC to offer the course to dually enrolled scholars. Courses may be offered at the high school, on the college campus, or other approved locations. Scholars are responsible for providing their own transportation to the college campus.

Q: Where can additional information about the Dual Enrollment program and registration procedures be obtained? 

For further information, please contact the Guidance Department