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18-Credit Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL)

Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) options are educational options that provide academically challenging curriculum or accelerated instruction to eligible public school students in kindergarten through grade 12.

What is the distinction between the 18-credit ACCEL option and the 24-credit option?

  • 3 elective credits instead of 8
  • Physical Education is not required
  • Online course is not required

All other graduation requirements for a 24-credit standard diploma must be met (per section 1003.4282(3)(a)-(e), Florida Statutes [F.S.]).

Scholar Designation

In addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Earn 1 credit in Algebra 2
  • Pass the Geometry EOC
  • Earn 1 credit in statistics or an equally rigorous mathematics course
  • Pass the Biology 1 EOC*
  • Earn 1 credit in chemistry or physics
  • Earn 1 credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics
  • Pass the U.S. History EOC*
  • Earn 2 credits in the same world language
  • Earn at least 1 credit in an AP, IB, AICE or a dual enrollment course

*A student is exempt from the Biology 1 or U.S. History EOC assessment if the student is enrolled in an AP, IB or AICE Biology 1 or U.S. History course and the student earns the minimum score to earn college credit on the respective AP, IB or AICE assessment.

Merit Designation

  • Meet the standard high school diploma requirements.
  • Attain one or more industry certification from the list established (per s. 1003.492, F.S.).

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