Crestview offers collegiate opportunities (GALLERY)

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 18:45 PM.

 Northwest Florida State College’s Collegiate High School in Niceville offers free advanced courses to eligible high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students attending the public charter school can earn a two-year Associate of Artsor transferable college credits.

Accepted students can take collegiate classes ranging from honors English to Algebra II. They also can take a course that prepares them for college academics. 

Prospective students must meet certain educational criteria, Principal Anthony Boyer said. "We take in 60 collegiate 10th-graders ... who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and have received passing scores on the college placement tests," Boyer said. Fifteen 10th-graders falling just short of these requirements can enter the program upon selection from a lottery. Those students are placed on a waiting list.

Since the charter school opened in 2000, the number of enrolled students has grown from 125 in 2000 to 285 students in 2012, the school stated.

Participation is slowly catching on in Crestview, administrators said.

"I have seen a larger number of applicants from the north end of the county," Boyer said. Out of 186 applicants for next year, 29 are from the county’s north end; 128 are from the south end. The remaining 29 students are from outside the county.

The school is among the state’s A+ high schools.



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