High School Acceleration Programs allow highly motivated students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. The AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education), Advanced Placement (AP) Honors, Early College and the International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are intended to serve students who reside within the attendance area of each school but may serve other students from outside the attendance area on a space available basis. Acceleration Programs located at Robert E. Lee, Mandarin, Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Stanton are also magnet programs. The magnet lottery is not used for admission to the acceleration programs.
Transportation is not provided to the non-magnet High School Acceleration Programs. However, students accepted into the AICE, IB or Early College at William M. Raines and Jean Ribault may access available magnet transportation on a space available basis.
High School Acceleration Program applications will be available at each individual high school. Applications are submitted directly to the school.
The AICE program is an internationally recognized, rigorous, pre-university curriculum and examination system for highly motivated, academically oriented high school students. Sponsored by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, AICE offers a flexible, broad-based, two year curriculum for upperclassmen. The Pre-AICE course of study is prescribed specifically for freshman and sophomore students. The Cambridge AICE Diploma Program encourages and develops the skills of independent research and investigation, the use of initiative and creativity and the application of skills and knowledge. All students applying to this program must meet the eligibility criteria.
The AP Honors Program challenges students to display exceptional achievement on AP Exams across several disciplines. AP courses are taught at a level equal to that of comparable college freshman courses. Each course is concluded by a comprehensive exam created by the College Board. Students who enroll in an Advanced Placement course are required to take the AP examination. Postsecondary credit for an AP course may be awarded to students who score a minimum of a 3 on a 5-point scale on the corresponding AP exam. AP Honors Programs must offer, and students must complete, a minimum of nine AP courses.
Early College is a small learning community (school within a school) that blends high school and college courses to provide a rigorous yet supportive program to help students earn a high school diploma and tuition free credit toward a post-secondary degree. In grades 11 and 12, Early College students are enrolled full time at Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Early College Program provides students greater access to higher education and promotes student achievement at the high school and post secondary level.
IB is a rigorous, internationally recognized pre-university course of study for highly motivated students. The IB Program's challenging curriculum is designed to promote intellectual and personal development. The emphasis of analysis and application of skills prepares IB students for success in higher education and employment. The aim of the programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. All students applying to this program must meet the eligibility criteria.