*Based on 2016-2017 University of Florida tuition, room and board, & miscellaneous costs
Step 1: As early as fifth grade, take an “approved test." Approved tests include the ACT, SAT, and PERT (Florida’s Postsecondary Education Readiness Test). PERT Testing for Early College purposes may be taken only once per term and twice per calendar year. Scores are valid for two consecutive years from the date of the test taken. (Link to placement testing resources).
To be eligible for dual enrollment classes with SCF, you must have the following scores:
Step 2: Get a current year “A.A. Student Planning Guide." This is a MUST for planning your courses and progression. Then visit your guidance counselor with a parent or guardian as soon as fifth grade (if you have satisfactory exam results) or by January of eighth grade to begin the planning process. It is very important to review plan annually with SCF admissions advisor to be certain no changes have been made on the current year Planning Guide.
Complete the SCF Early College Application for Admission. An application can be obtained from your high school counselor. Write legibly using blue or black ink. Forms should be submitted in person or via mail to the Admissions office at the Bradenton Campus (5840 26th St. W, Bldg. 1; Bradenton, FL 34207) or the Venice Campus (8000 S. Tamiami Tr., Bldg 100; Venice, FL 34293).
**Remember your SCF ID Number (i.e. G00XXXXXX)**
*Note: A 3.0 GPA and qualifying test scores are required. Detailed admissions requirements are available at http://www.scf.edu/pages/1176.asp
Step 3: Submit placement exam results. Students must submit official college placement scores in reading, writing and mathematics to enroll in college credit courses.
Students can request their SAT scores from the College Board.
Information regarding ACT scores can be found on the ACT website.
SCF’s school code is 001504 and students can use this to ensure scores/transcripts are sent directly to SCF.
If you don't have ACT or SAT scores, schedule a testing appointment to take the PERT at the SCF – Assessment and Testing Center
(Refer back to Step 1)
Step 4: Develop a course progression plan (sample below)
Step 5: Complete and submit the SCF-High School Early College Approval Form. Approval form is available online. Have a parent/guardian complete and submit the Parent/Guardian section of the Approval Form. Meet with your guidance counselor. Review the Approval Form. Have your guidance counselor complete and submit High School section of Approval Form.
**Print and keep a copy of the High School Early College Approval Form for your records!**
Follow procedures for enrolling in dual enrollment and early admission courses each semester.
Most coursework is FREE of cost for the student:
- Fall/Spring: up to 2 courses per semester at SCF
- Summer: up to 2 courses per summer
- Fall/Spring: up to 15 hours per semester at SCF
**Important Note- Coursework taken beyond the guidelines listed above must be paid for by the student.
Requirements for A.A. Degree from SCF
- communications (9+hours)
- mathematics (6+ hours)
- social sciences (6+ hours)
- humanities (6+ hours)
- natural sciences (6+ hours, lab course recommended)
- electives (24+ hours)
- total hours = 60+
++Note: 2 of your general education or elective credits must be considered “Gordon Rule” courses. This means that they include college-level writing assignments.
**Note: 2 of your general education or elective credits must be considered “International-Intercultural” courses.
Step 6: Attend an early college orientation session. Information to attend an optional orientation session will be sent to your SCF email address upon acceptance into the Early College program. You must login within 7 days after receiving the email, otherwise your password will not work. Orientation videos may be viewed as often you like and parents/legal guardians are also encouraged to view.
Step 7: If you will be taking courses on an SCF campus, please complete the SCF Early College Course Approval Form. The form can be obtained from your high school counselor. Should you need to change or update your approved courses, please obtain, complete, and submit an updated Approval Form.
Step 8: Register for classes. Watch deadlines! Register early! Upon satisfactory completion of the previous steps, registration will be available to you through the SCF Portal. You may register only for courses that have been approved by the high school guidance counselor or liaison. Should you need to change or update your approved courses, please obtain the form via your guidance counselor. Submit all forms via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Keep copies for your records.)
Step 9: Get instructional materials for courses. Public school students will be notified by their guidance counselor of the requirements to obtain textbooks for their approved courses. Communicate with SCF Bookstore directly. Their phone numbers are: Venice 941.408.1300 and Bradenton 941.752.1010. Follow the rules/procedures for textbook use and return.
Sample Course Progression Plan:
- Foreign language I
- Algebra 1 Honors
- Foreign language II
- Geometry/Honors Algebra 2
- ENC 1101 (semester 1) DE **Gordon Rule Course
- ENC 1102 (semester 2) DE **Gordon Rule Course
- Honors biology
- Honors world history/AP Human Geography
- Elective (music, computers, art = Performing Fine Arts)
- CLEP exam for math/math FLVS
- Foreign language III
- ENL 2010 and ENL 2022 DE
- Precalculus/Algebra 2/Precalc/Trig DE
- Honors chemistry
- AP world history
- DE Web-based CGS 1000 (semester 1)
- DE Web-based ECO 2023 (semester 2)
- DE Web-based class MUL 2010 Music Appreciation
- SPC 1608 Public Speaking DE at SCF (semester 1)
- THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation DE at SCF (semester 1)
- *ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics DE at SCF (semester 2)
- BSC 2010C Fundamentals of Biology I with lab at SCF (semester 2)
- AP U.S. History AMH 1010 & 1020 DE
- Elective - Math
- Elective - Social Studies
- ACG 2021 at SCF
- ACG2071 at SCF
- Fundamentals of Biology II with lab at SCF (semester 1)
- STA 2023 Elementary Statistics at SCF (semester 1)
- INR 2002 International Relations (semester 2)
- MAC 2233 Applied Calculus (semester 2)
- Elective POS 1041 DE or AP US Government
*PAY ATTENTION TO PV GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (4 ENGLISH, 4 MATH, 3 SCIENCE, 3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE, WORLD HISTORY, US HISTORY & US GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS, HOPE, & FINE ART.
*IF AN AP COURSE IS TAKEN AT PV, YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SCORE REPORT TO SCF RECORDS DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT.
*VOLUNTEER HOURS (100+) ARE REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.
*BE MINDFUL THIS PLAN IS FLUID. AS INTERESTS CHANGE, SO MAY THE PLAN.*
*THREE WRITTEN COMMUNICATION COURSES ARE MANDATORY FOR A.A.