Jean Ribault Early College Program
The Early College program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to earn up to sixty (60) college credit hours at Florida State College at Jacksonville by the time of high school graduation at Jean Ribault High School. Students earn both a high school diploma an an associate of arts degree from FSCJ.
The vision of the Early College program is to have each student graduate from high school with an opportunity to earn up to sixty (60) credits of college coursework completed towards an associate of arts degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Early College curriculum integrates the high school graduation requirements with courses designed to lead to an associate of arts degree.
Students who successfully complete the Early College program are celebrated twice. Students who earn an Associate of Arts degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville are invited to participate in FSCJ's commencement exercises to receive their college degree. Additionally, successful students participate in the commencement exercises of Jean Ribault High School to receive their high school diploma.
The Early College curriculum integrates Duval County high school graduation requirements leading to an Associate of Arts degree. The college course selections within the program are made to support the admission to a four-year college or university with Florida Bright Futures Scholarship support.
The curriculum is challenging and fast-paced. It is focused on student learning through cross-curricular, experimental and performance assessments. The student is expected to want to learn for the positive value added to their journey to and through college. Ultimately, the student could complete a post-graduate college degree by the time their friends finish a four-year degree.
The Jean Ribault Community of Learners
The students and faculty of Early College are members of Jean Ribault High School. We are expected to be participants and leaders within Ribault. We will follow and abide by the same rituals and routines of Ribault. We will follow and abide by all Duval County Public Schools policies for student behavior and progression. We will, however, expect of ourselves a focused view of our goal. We will maintain the academic rigor required to achieve the curricular requirements set forth in the continuation policy in order to earn the Associate of Arts degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Our role of being good citizens at Ribault will ensure the best and brightest student relationships possible.
Early College Continuation Policy
Performance criteria and continuation requirements for students in Jean Ribault Early College Program: All students must meet the following criteria for admission, continued enrollment and proper progression in the program. If any one of the criteria is not met, the student will be declined admission or counseled about alternative options for transfer to facilitate their completion of high school requirements for graduation. The student will have or complete:
- A 2.5 GPA (un-weighted) for admission and for continuation at the end of 8th, 9th, and 10th grades for the four core high school courses of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies;
- A "C" or better in all college courses earning college credit. (D's or F's are not acceptible);
- An FCAT score indicating the student is "at grade level reading;"
- An acceptable score for admission into FSCJ on the College Placement Test (CPT), ACT, or SAT prior to the end of sophomore year; and
- A portfolio of academic performance as part of a Senior Capstone program (for graduation).