Dual Enrollment Courses

Dual Enrollment and Early Admissions are programs that allow high school students to take Florida SouthWestern State College courses while also earning high school credit toward graduation.

Usually, this program is available during the senior year of high school. Admission requirements include a minimum grade point average and PERT, ACT or SAT college entrance test scores to participate. Traditionally, North High has offered three or more FSW courses, taught by our own FSW-certified faculty, on our campus each semester, so our students don’t need to travel to the FSW campus to take advantage of this opportunity.

Additional options for students are available at Florida Gulf Coast University through the Accelerated Collegiate Experience (ACE) program and Cape Coral Technical College/ Fort Myers Technical College.

Over 2088 Credits Earned 2014-15

North High students enrolled in dual enrollment through Florida SouthWestern earned a total of 2088 course credit hours in the 2014-15 school year. Students earned additional college credits at Florida Gulf Coast University through the ACE program and through our AICE Cambridge and AP courses at North Fort Myers High School.

Over 1820 Credits Earned in 2013-14

North High students earned a total of 1820 free college credits through Edison State College during the 2013-2014 school year through the dual enrollment and early admissions programs.

Over 1556 Credits Earned in 2012-13

North High students earned a total of 1556 free college credits through Edison State College during the 2012-2013 school year through the dual enrollment and early admissions programs. Students earn additional College credit through Advanced Placement/ AICE courses and Early Admission at FGCU.

The dual enrollment and early admissions programs allow academically qualified high school students to take courses offered by Florida SouthWestern State College or Florida Gulf Coast University tuition-free. These programs also cover the cost of textbooks.

In addition to earning free college credits through dual enrollment courses, students may also earn college credits by passing Advanced Placement and AICE exams at North High, as well as earning a Cambridge AICE diploma.

Why should my child take Dual Enrollment courses?

In education, dual enrollment (DE) involves students being enrolled in two separate, academically related institutions. It may also refer to any individual who is participating in two related programs, but such a general form of usage is uncommon.

Students enrolled in secondary school (called high school in the United States) may be dual enrolled at a local institution of higher learning, such as a community college or university. These students may take classes at either institution for credit toward their high school diploma, as well as for college credit. Many state governments within the United States have recognized the benefit of dual enrollment and have consequently instructed their public universities to begin collaborating with local schools. Some private universities also participate.

Dual enrollment in both secondary school and college is advantageous to students because it allows them to get a head start on their college careers. In some cases, the student may even be able to attain an Associate of Arts or equivalent degree shortly before or after their high school graduation. Furthermore, it may ease the transition from high school to college.

In addition, dual enrollment is seen by parents as a money saving strategy that avoids skyrocketing tuition costs because courses are often paid for and taken through the local high school. State government officials also see dual enrollment as a net savings due to the lower value of funds spent earlier, as opposed to those spent later. Public school costs are also lower than they would be at postsecondary institutions.

Source: Wikipedia


Students and parents should be aware that when students begin dual enrollment courses in high school their collegiate GPA also begins. College courses taken at the high school will become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript.

Dual Enrollment Courses (FSW on –campus) 2015-16

Course Name Teacher
DE College Algebra Ms. Nandur
DE Comp 1*   Ms. Teitelzweig
DE Comp 2*      Ms. Teitelzweig
DE American Nat’l Gov’t   Ms. Kilic
DE Biology 1/ Lab     Ms. Curls
DE Intro to Education Ms. K. Kaye (Lynch)
DE Teaching Diverse Pop. Ms. K. Kaye (Lynch)
DE Orientation/Student Success Ms. K. Kaye (Lynch)

Spring 2016 - Important dates

  • October 24, 2016  - FSW Spring Registration for courses on the FSWSC Campuses begins for Dual Enrollment students

  • November 14   - Open Registration for courses on the FSWSC Campuses

  • January 5, 2017 – Classes begin on the FSWSC Campuses

  • January 11, 2017 – Last Date to Add/Drop FSWSC Campuses courses

  • March 6-12,2017 – Spring Break only for courses on the FSWSC Campuses

  • May 3, 2017 – Last Date of Courses and Final Exams on the FSWSC Campuses