Early College Program

What is the Early College Program?

The Early College Program (ECP) is a structured high school acceleration program in which students are enrolled in postsecondary courses toward an associate degree while simultaneously earning their high school diploma. This program will begin in 9th grade with students enrolling in some Dual Enrollment (DE) coursework in combination with high school classes. By 11th grade, Early College students will be taking DE coursework fulltime through a variety of modalities such as on campus at FHS or ZHS, virtually via Pasco eSchool and at PHSC (on campus and/or online). Students will collaborate with their counselor to design pathways that will best meet their post-secondary aspirations with the goal of earning an AA degree by graduation. Early College students will also benefit from on campus supports (i.e. tutoring, study sessions, teacher office hours) through there zoned ECP in addition to many opportunities that create a college going atmosphere.

What are the requirements to qualify for the program?

9th grade:

  • Student interest
  • Student interview
  • Final selections determined through school choice lottery based on number of seats

10th grade:

  • Student interest
  • Student interview
  • Monitor 3.0 GPA
  • Final selections for students new to the program determined through school choice lottery based on number of seats
  • Prohibitionary status for students with 2.5-3.0 GPA

11th and 12th grade "official" Early College Students:

  • Students new to the program must apply through the School Choice Application and will be reviewed for the following criteria. Students must also complete a PHSC application
  • Students remaining in the program for 11th and 12th grade, must complete the PHSC application to be an “official” Early College Student
  • Criteria set by statue & PHSC include
    • 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
  • Final selections for students entering in 11th or 12th grade for the first time are determined through the school choice lottery based on number of seats

How do I apply to be a part of the Early College Program?

Students must apply through the School Choice Application. There are three School Choice Windows that occur between January and July. For more information on these, visit http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/ed_choice/. Students remaining in or entering the program in 11th or 12th grade, must also apply to PHSC to be an “official” Early College Student.

Do I have to reapply every year to remain in the program?

No, once you are in the program you do not need to complete a school choice application each year. Students in the program must complete an application in 11th grade with PHSC.

Do I have to attend FHS or ZHS to be in the Early College Program?

Yes, students must attend one of these schools to be an Early College student.

What is my zoned Early College Program?

If your student is interested in attending their zoned ECP, please refer to the Early College Program Pathways Map.


Attendance at a magnet school is a choice option, and as such, transportation is not provided unless the school is your zoned school and you live two miles or more from the school. Students attending their zoned school and who live two miles or more from the school will be provided neighborhood stops. Elementary students living less than two miles from the school who have hazardous walking conditions as defined in Florida Statute 1006.23 will also be provided transportation. Students living outside the boundary may not use existing stops within the boundary.

Hub stops may be provided for students living outside the boundary; however, there is no guarantee that hub stops will be provided. If provided, hub stops will generally be located at district school sites. The location and number of hub stops available will be determined by the district. If hub stops are listed by the school, these are the current hub stops planned for the school. No additional hub locations will be provided besides those listed. If a hub location does not have sufficient interest or ridership, it may not be implemented or continued. If hub stops are not listed by a school, this indicates that either there will not be hub stops or that hub stops, if any, will be finalized in May after the second school choice window acceptances are received and interest in hub transportation can be determined. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the designated hubs or directly to the school.

View the list of anticipated bus hubs.

View the Early College Program Pathways map.


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