Wednesday, May 08, 2019

61 Pasco Seniors Earn AA Degrees

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 8, 2019) – Pasco students from 14 high schools graduated from Pasco Hernando State College before their 2019 high school graduation through dual enrollment courses and collegiate high school.

Following is a list of schools and the number of students who earned AA degrees.

  • Anclote – 1
  • Dayspring – 9
  • Fivay – 7
  • Gulf – 1
  • Hudson – 4
  • Land O’ Lakes – 6
  • Mitchell – 4
  • Pasco eSchool – 1
  • Pasco – 8
  • River Ridge – 4
  • Sunlake – 2
  • Wesley Chapel – 3
  • Wiregrass Ranch – 8
  • Zephyrhills – 3

Students can take dual enrollment courses and enroll in collegiate high school at no cost while in high school, saving families thousands of dollars in college tuition and textbook costs.

High school dual enrollment allows a student to be enrolled in high school and simultaneously enrolled in college or specific technical credit courses at PHSC, which are counted toward high school graduation. To be eligible for dual enrollment, Florida law requires that a student must:

  • Be enrolled as a student in a Florida public or nonpublic secondary school (grades 6-12), or in a home education program;
  • have a 3.0 unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) to enroll in college credits, or a 2.0 unweighted high school GPA to enroll in career dual enrollment courses;
  • for college credits, achieve a minimum score on a common placement test;
  • meet any additional eligibility criteria specified by the postsecondary institution in the Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement; and
  • not be scheduled to graduate from high school prior to the completion of the dual enrollment course.

For continued eligibility to participate in college credit dual enrollment courses, students must maintain at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA and the 2.0 postsecondary GPA specified in the Dual Agreement Articulation Agreement.

The collegiate high school program is designed to allow students to earn an AA/AS degree or a Cape certification while also earning their standard high school diploma. In addition, the Pasco County Schools/PHSC program:

  • provides students priority when enrolling in PHSC courses by allowing them to register at the same time as all other fee paying PHSC students;
  • requires students to be full-time at PHSC and accepted students will not take any courses on the high school campus;
  • allows accepted students to still be considered a student of their zoned high school and students are able to participate in their zoned school athletics, student activities and graduation ceremonies.

To qualify for collegiate high school, students must:

  • be in 11th or 12th grade;
  • have a cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA;
  • have college-ready PERT scores - Reading (106), Writing (103) and Math (123);
  • provide their own transportation;
  • be willing to take all of their courses at a PHSC campus.

Pasco County Schools high school graduations are scheduled June 4 through June 9. Most will be held at the Yuengling Center at the University of South Florida. Pasco High School’s ceremony will be at the school and Pasco eSchool’s will be at River Ridge Center for the Performing Arts. For school graduation times and dates, visit the Google calendar on the district website.