Pinellas County Schools is proud to offer dual enrollment options at multiple colleges to allow students to reduce the expense of obtaining a degree while they simultaneously earn credit toward their high school diploma and a college degree. Qualified students take classes at no expense (tuition and books are paid by Pinellas County Schools). To learn more about the dual enrollment options with the University of Florida, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, and Pinellas Technical College, please schedule a meeting with your school counselor.
Dual enrollment course grades are recorded to the student's high school transcript and also his/her permanent college transcript. Therefore, students must give their best performance in dual enrollment coursework because the resulting grades can greatly impact post-secondary education opportunities, scholarship opportunities and financial aid eligibility.
To be eligible to take dual enrollment courses, a student must have a minimum of seven high school credits in the four core academic areas (math, science, language arts and social studies).
Note: Students who take dual enrollment courses are limited to a maximum of 6 college level classes per semester, which equates to at least 18 college credit hours and is more than most full-time college students.
Dual Enrollment Program at St. Petersburg CollegeSt. Petersburg College offers college classes to qualified high school students enrolled full-time in Pinellas County high schools. Tuition and textbooks expenses are paid by the District, so there is no cost for the student. These courses allow students to earn credits towards a high school diploma and a college degree.SPC Approved Course List 2022-2023: Courses on this list are available on SPC campuses and some local high school campuses. Dual enrollment courses that are offered by a credentialed instructor at a student’s high school must be taken on the high school campus.
Students who wish to take dual enrollment classes at SPC must provide their SPC ID number to their high school counselor and complete placement testing (PERT, SAT, or ACT) prior to obtaining permission to take these courses.
- To be eligible to take an academic dual enrollment course a student must have at least 7 credits in core classes (math, science, English, social studies) and a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- To be eligible to take a career dual enrollment course, a student must have at least 7 credits in core classes (math, science, English, social studies) and a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Contact your high school counselor to see if you are eligible to take Dual Enrollment classes at SPC.DUAL ENROLLMENT - Part-time Option
St. Petersburg College offers college classes to qualified enrolled full-time in Pinellas County high schools. These courses give students credits towards a high school diploma and a college degree. Courses are available on SPC campuses with limited options also available at each local high school campus.
- Courses offered at the high school campus must be taken at the high school campus.
- Permission forms must be completed by the required deadline outlined below.
Permission Form & Registration Deadline
Last day of school
Friday before Thanksgiving
Last Friday in April
- Books must be picked up and returned in one of the three designated locations during the scheduled dates/times.
- Students are provided with a flyer for the scheduled book pick-up times when they complete a DE permission form. Books are always returned during the college’s exam week. In the event that there is no one available in the classroom to return books, the student should report to the Dual Enrollment office to turn in their books.
- Students who do not obtain their books during the designated time are responsible for the expense of their books.
- Students who do not return books during the designated window will be removed from dual enrollment classes for the subsequent semester and must return their books to be eligible to continue with dual enrollment in future semesters.
Book Pick-up/Return Locations
SPC Clearwater Campus – Room SS 139
SPC Seminole Campus – Room PW 706
SPC Tarpon Campus – Room PS 129
The Executive Internship Program enables high school students to gain experience and expertise in particular professions. Selected students spend 10-15 hours per week with their sponsors and undertake activities that provide comprehensive views of organizations that focus on the sponsors' professional roles, responsibilities, and functions. Students become knowledgeable about the organization's long range company priorities and how decisions are made about those priorities. Students learn to seek insight into the qualities, skills and knowledge that help professionals perform effectively.This full-time program allows students to spend their high school junior and senior years attending all classes at SPC campuses. Here, they work toward simultaneously earning a high school diploma from their assigned school and an Associate in Arts degree from SPC. Students attend all classes at St. Petersburg College campuses and follow the SPC academic calendar. Admission is limited to 65 seats each at the Clearwater, Seminole, and Tarpon Springs campuses. Students must complete Biology, Geometry, World History, and H.O.P.E. prior to entering Early College because these are high school requirements that cannot be met through a dual enrollment course.This full-time program offers students the chance to spend their senior year attending all of their classes at SPC campuses, where they can complete high school graduation requirements while earning credits toward a college degree. Admission is limited to 40 seats each at the Clearwater, Seminole, St. Petersburg/Gibbs, and Tarpon Springs campuses. In order to apply, students must:
- Have been enrolled in and attended a PCS high school as a full-time PCS student for the full semester prior to the start of Early Admission.
- Have completed three years of high school with a minimum of 18 credits earned.
- Meet the qualifying high school GPA and College Placement Test score requirements.
- Have earned credit in Biology, Geometry, World History, and H.O.P.E.
- Have met their graduation related assessment requirements (Algebra 1 EOC & FSA ELA proficiency).
Dual Enrollment Program at University of South FloridaThe University of South Florida offers college classes to qualified juniors and seniors enrolled full-time in Pinellas County high schools. Tuition and textbooks expenses are paid by the District, so there is no cost for the student. These courses allow students to earn credits towards a high school diploma and a college degree.Students who wish to take dual enrollment classes at USF must meet the following criteria:
- Unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5.
- Meet the following minimum standardized test scores on one of the identified tests as needed for the requested course:
- SAT: 560 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 530 for Mathematics
- ACT: 21 for Reading and 21 for Mathematics
- PERT: 123 for Math, 106 for Reading and 103 for Writing
- The course is not available to the student at SPC
Contact your high school counselor if you have a qualifying GPA and test scores and you would like to take Dual Enrollment classes at USF.
Dual Enrollment Program at University of FloridaThe University of Florida offers online college classes to qualified juniors and seniors enrolled full-time in Pinellas County high schools. Tuition and textbooks expenses are paid by the District, so there is no cost for the student. These courses allow students to earn credits towards a high school diploma and a college degree.Students who wish to take dual enrollment classes at UF must meet the following criteria:
- Unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.6.
- One of the following minimum standardized test scores: composite PSAT score of 1130, composite SAT score of 1100 or composite ACT score of 22.
- Meet any additional criteria set by UF.
Contact your high school counselor for a list of available courses if you are interested in applying.
Dual Enrollment Program at Pinellas Technical CollegeHigh school students attending Pinellas Technical College (PTC) have the opportunity to be dual enrolled in post-secondary courses, tuition free! These courses give students credits towards a high school diploma and a career technical certificate. Hours completed at PTC may also transfer as credit hours to local and state colleges. Courses are available on both the Clearwater and St. Petersburg PTC campuses.Contact your school counselor to see if you are eligible to take Dual Enrollment classes at Pinellas Techincal College.