Dual Enrollment Action Needed

Dear Parents and Students,

We need your help. The public comment period is now open for the SCSB and the SCF 2018-19 articulation agreement for dual enrollment. The current proposed agreement will continue to limit Sarasota students.

The window for review will close on April 30.  

Please send your comments to both Lakedra Barber at Lakedra.barber@sarasotacountyschools.net and your school board members schoolboardmembers@sarasotacountyschools.net, requesting the following:

Dear school board member,

I support the following modifications to the 2018-19 SCF/SCSB articulation agreement:

  1. Publish/promote the new May 15 dual enrollment deadline immediately so our students have the opportunity to register in time. but remove the words "no exceptions,” as this is arbitrarily limiting. (Page 7)
  2. Delete the additional requirements for students in grades 6-10 which arbitrarily prohibits students who have demonstrated the ability to master advanced courses from participation. (page 20)
  3. Publish the SCF course catalog in advance of DE deadline and high school enrollment so students know what courses that can take.
  4. Provide a clear associates of arts degree pathway flowchart for our dual enrollment students so they can plan the courses they need to take.
  5. Fix the cumbersome course registration process for both middle and high school students choosing to take dual enrollment courses.
  6. Provide a clear policy on counselor responsibilities as it pertains to dual enrollment requirements.
  7. Provide a clear policy on textbook pick up and return procedures as it pertains to dual enrollment requirements.
  8. Eliminate the new SCF Placement Test Retake Policy that limits Sarasota County students from being able to take the SCF Placement Test.  Students should be allowed to take the SCF Placement Test and/or SAT/ACT without limitations. (Page 8)
  9. Allow students to take flex start classes. (Page 21)

Background references:
Link to The Articulation Agreement between Sarasota County School Board & State College of Florida http://sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/curriculum/default.aspx?id=98461 for 2018-2019.

Link to the 2017-18 articulation agreement

How to save up to $42K in college costs, graduate high school with an A.A. Degree (including Pine View High School), and receive automatic admission to a Florida public college or university.*

*Based on 2016-2017 University of Florida tuition, room and board, & miscellaneous costs

*Automatic admission policy

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:

*Dual Enrollment

  1. Fall/Spring: up to 2 courses per semester at SCF
  2. Summer: up to 2 courses per summer

*Early Admission

  1. 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 earlycollege@scf.edu. (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:

Grade 8:

  • Foreign language I
  • Algebra 1 Honors

Grade 9:

  • 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
  • HOPE

Grade 10:

  • 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

Grade 11:

  • 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
  • Elective


  • ACG 2021 at SCF
  • ACG2071 at SCF

Grade 12:

  • 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
  • Elective

Additional Notes:






We beg to differ - evidence Pine View is not a magnet

At the April 19, 2016 SCSB meeting, board chair, Shirley Brown indicated Pine View has always been a magnet school. Superintendent Lori White at the same meeting said a parent alerted the district to an error in its magnet designation not being on file with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), which in turn prompted the SCSB finance department to correct this "error."

Hmmm. So for 47 years, Pine View was not listed as a magnet, but because a parent inquired about the magnet status, (due to being denied access to FLVS for their student), the finance department switched the school to a magnet school, literally overnight?

We beg to differ.

Pine View, since it's founding in 1969, has most definitely not been a magnet school. Here's the evidence:

Magnet schools generally have course progression and/or curriculum themes such as math, science, technology, performing arts etc, per magnet school language.  Pine View has never had “themes” or curriculum that followed these guidelines.

In the current 2016 US News article ranking Pine View #7 nationally, it specifically states Pine View is NOT a magnet school. Note there is a completely different ranking system for magnet schools, so we don’t know where Pine View would rank. 

The Florida School Choice magnet directory which references Sarasota County magnet schools does not include a reference for Pine View, although it does include references to other Sarasota County magnet schools.

The 2015 Green Ribbon school application for Pine View Elementary School signed on January 9, 2015 by both Pine View principal and Sarasota County Schools superintendent does not check the box classifying Pine View as a magnet school.

SCSCB School Choice website which references district options like charter schools and magnet schools that don't require a school choice application. It goes on to list the district's magnet programs and Pine View is not listed.

Additionally, from this SCSB link, p. 7, discusses the district’s magnet schools. Again, Pine View is not listed.

Given the above, why, would Pine View choose to change to a magnet school? 

As parents and students we ask what are the benefits of magnet status over the current status, and why would this change be made without transparency to all students, families, and the community impacted?

Sign our petition to remove the magnet designation from Pine View School.

Let's send a clear message that we want Pine View and the SCSB to stop limiting and denying choice!

The original purpose and intention of Mr. John Woolever and the initial group who founded Pine View in 1969 was to make it a school to support intellectually gifted students by providing a differentiated curriculum. It was not to make it a magnet school subject to magnet rules and less choices.

Houston, we have a problem....

Let’s not kid ourselves, Pine View has a serious communication problem. Rather than referring to parents as “crazy,” teachers as “disgruntled,” and students as “not truly gifted,” let’s get in front of this problem and find a solution.

The severity of the communication issues is noted in the 2014-2015 climate survey, the 2015-2016 climate survey (hot off the press, see links below), Shelby Webb’s Sarasota Herald Tribune article, Mr. Cantees’ speech at May 3, 2016 School Board meeting where he notes the change of Pine View to a magnet school (literally overnight with no public input on December 14, 2015, the construction of a 2-3 story building on campus that as of May 6, Dr. Covert, “is not aware that a decision has been made regarding the size or use of that instructional space as of this time” and a vague mention of Pine View adopting a new technical program, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which also according to Dr. Covert, “does not have a fully developed timeline yet.”  

Where is the stakeholder input in these planning strategies?

It’s clear the teachers feel they are not heard. The same can be said of students and parents.

When did it become okay for Pine View to dismiss student’s and parent’s concerns with “We are a school of choice, if you don’t agree with our policies, you can go to your district school?”

Does anyone in administration understand how truly offensive that is?

Master teachers are retiring early, rather than staying to get their full retirement. It is not an overstatement to say that trust is at its weakest point and possibly cannot be fixed. However, we all should try. The legacy of this school is bigger than all of us and we owe it to the possibilities this school brings to gifted children, to make it strong again.

How can this happen?

We recommend a series of conversations between teachers, students, parents and administration where no one is fearful of reprisal. The first round should just be the administration listening. The discussions should be organized to allow for everyone to have their say. The conversations should not be controlled with strict time frames, agendas and planted commenters.

Once the conversations have been completed, administration should take the time to review and process all the input. Then we should do it again until we feel our voices are heard. United, the Pine View community (students, administration, teachers, and parents) can finish the conversation with the school board.  

Dr. Covert succeeded a popular principal who had been at Pine View for 25 years. It is always very difficult to transition in those circumstances. Our hope is that Dr. Covert will listen to the voices of students, teachers, and parents rather than making decisions that appear to be unilateral.  

We need to have these conversations, because quite frankly, Pine View is bigger than any one administration. It was founded to serve gifted children and we must ensure it continues as it was intended, to serve gifted children so they can be successful. It is a myth to think gifted children without support and the right resources will succeed.

2016 Pine View Climate Survey Links:




Project Lead the Way

Recently we learned Pine View School is involved in a collaboration with “Project Lead The Way” (PLTW), a technical program for K-12 and beyond. We learned that the SCSB has PLTW programs in place at Sarasota Polytechnical High School, Riverview High School, McIntosh Middle School, and Heron Creek Middle School.

After recent inquires to Dr. Covert regarding PLTW, he responded by email on May 9, 2016:

“Project Lead the Way is a program already in existence, and has a proven track record of success.  The first course we anticipate offering will be Introduction to Engineering Design.  Dr. Todd Bowden is the Executive Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and we will be working with him and Mr. Cantees on the program design and training aspects.  As soon as a timeline is developed, I will be happy to share that with parents. STEM and STEAM approaches are two of many options which our students at Pine View access within our mission statement.  Pine View is not changing or modifying our focus in any way on meeting the needs of every gifted learner.”

We would like to know more about this program and what it means for Pine View, as well as the timeline for implementation and costs. In the meantime, we will refer you to this FAQ link for PLTW implementation.

We look forward to learning more about what our principal stated in the May 2016 issue of Pine Views;

“Pine View students and parents in the coming year will notice changes and improvements on campus- from buildings and infrastructure to curriculum and content programming.”

It would seem that “Project Lead The Way” is one of those new changes. What are your thoughts about Pine View School for the Gifted offering a technical program?

If you feel stakeholders should have input, send us an email so your voice can be heard.

PVA has announced that they will be hosting a forum for students, teachers, parents, and the community to give input; we hope this occurs before Pine View takes any unilateral action.  


What is a magnet school?

Since Pine View became a magnet school on December 14, 2015, without any stakeholder input, we thought it made sense to define “magnet school.”

At the May 3, 2016 SCSB meeting, chairwoman Shirley Brown, read from a Wikipedia article, the definition of a magnet school. We will use the U.S. Department of Education’s definition, as follows:

Magnet schools are designed to attract students from diverse social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. They focus on a specific subject, such as science or the arts; follow specific themes, such as business/technology or communications/humanities/law; or operate according to certain models, such as career academies or a school-within-a-school. Some magnet schools require students to take an exam or demonstrate knowledge or skill in the specialty to qualify to go to the school, while others are open to students who express an interest in that area.

The Florida Department of Education goes on to further state:

Magnet schools and magnet programs offer a specialized curriculum to students outside the school’s normal attendance boundaries. These programs may include a particular theme or focus such as mathematics, science, technology, communications, international affairs, business or performing arts. A magnet school is defined as an elementary, middle, or high school that offers, to all students enrolled in that particular school, a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students of different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Magnet programs differ slightly from a magnet school as the special curriculum is offered to a cohort of students as opposed to the entire school.

Despite what administration says and SCSB echoes, Pine View does not have a “specialized curriculum,” it does not attract “substantial numbers of students of different social, economic, ethnic, or racial backgrounds,” nor does it offer a “cohort of students as opposed to the entire school.”  Riverview High School has a magnet program via their IB program, as does SHS with their AICE/MAST program, and Booker High School with their VPA program.

However, Pine View does not have a specialized curriculum, yet. Pine View offers Honors, AP, and DE, but so do all the other district high schools. Pine View course numbers are identical to the courses provided at the other district schools.

Some believe that Pine View offers an accelerated curriculum, but is this true?

Is offering one year acceleration in math, considered accelerated curriculum? We think not! Every student in the state, whether gifted or not, has the ability to be accelerated if they meet eligibility criteria according to the Florida ACCEL legislation in 2012.

Do you feel Pine View should have been changed to a magnet school after 46 years as a traditional public school, without any stakeholder input?  Write your school board member or sign this petition to have a voice!

What Kind of School is Pine View?

What kind of public school is Pine View School for the Gifted?

Pine View refers to itself as a gifted school of choice. This language appears on the district website and is often used by administration employees to distinguish Pine View as a "choice option."

If you want to change your schedule, change a teacher, or maybe take a dual enrollment course or online FLVS course, you will hear the "school of choice" language. Administration might say something along these lines - "Pine View is a gifted school of choice. As you exercised your choice to attend Pine View, then you have agreed to our policies. If you don't wish to comply, you can go to your district school."

If you hear something often enough, you tend to believe it. School of choice sounds logical and official sounding and since everyone uses it, it must be true, right?

According to the Florida Department of Education, there are three types of public schools as follows:

  1. Traditional public school (schools that offer students basic courses and possibly Honors, Advanced Placement, and/or Dual Enrollment level courses).
  2. Magnet public school (not defined in law, but defined on FLDOE as "Magnet schools and magnet programs offer a specialized curriculum to students outside the school’s normal attendance boundaries. These programs may include a particular theme or focus such as mathematics, science, technology, communications, international affairs, business or performing arts. A magnet school is defined as an elementary, middle, or high school that offers, to all students enrolled in that particular school, a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students of different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Magnet programs differ slightly from a magnet school as the special curriculum is offered to a cohort of students as opposed to the entire school."
  3. Charter public school (school with own charter and board of directors defined on FDOE as "Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students."

So, back to our original question, Pine View is a traditional public school.

Actually, "School of choice" has no statutory meaning and is not clearly defined. Check out this Florida Department of Education memo, which says,

On October 4, 2013, the department informed school districts of the legislative changes that measured class size compliance at the school average for schools of choice. This communication is attached. Because no statutory definition of schools of choice currently exists, school districts determine which of their schools are designated as schools of choice.

The idea of school of choice began when parents were given the right to choose to take their children out of schools that were failing. It also was used as a loophole for districts to use to avoid penalties associated with the state's class size amendment. From there, the language has been twisted in this district to mean you have no choice since you exercised it already, but as we have explained this is completely untrue.

Check out these news articles on the widespread use of school of choice in Florida and what it's true purpose is - avoiding class size amendment penalties.

School of choice - it's not what they say it is.