Additional graduation requirements for 2015 graduates include earning a qualifying score on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) including the required Mathematics, Reading and Writing sections of the FCAT. demonstrating computer literacy, completing a community service project and earning an unweighted, cumulative grade point average (GPA) 3.0*.
A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to remain at MAST Academy throughout the four (4) high school years.
The Secondary School Redesign Act, also known as the “A++ Plan for Education,” was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by the governor to become effective on July 1, 2006. The provisions of this law include academic course requirements at the middle school level to better prepare middle school students for senior high school. Also, in order to increase the rigor and relevance of the senior high school experience and to prepare high school students for college and the workplace, the high school instructional program will be changed significantly.
Ninth graders entering high school in the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter will be required to earn 16 core academic credits and eight elective credits in order to graduate with a high school diploma. Core requirements consist of four credits in English and mathematics; three credits of science and social science; one credit of fine arts or performing art; and one credit of physical education with the integration of health education.
To better engage students in planning and making decisions for their future, they are to select an area of interest as part of their electronic personalized education plan (ePEP). Students are to earn four credits in a major area of interest, similar to college students, which may be in the arts, advanced academic studies, or career preparation. Each school will provide students and their parents with a list of district/state-approved major areas from which a selection may be made. The remaining four elective credits may be used to earn a second major area of interest, a minor, or for other elective courses.
Currently, there are five options for high school graduation and earning a diploma, two of which are accelerated options. Students and their parents may select from one of the five options, although if the student and his/her parents do not select a graduation option, the student will be considered to have selected the four-year, 24-credit standard program. In order to graduate all five options require students to earn a passing score on the 10th grade FCAT 2.0 Reading test, earn a specific grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, and successfully complete the required courses listed in the chart entitled “2014-2015 Graduation Options and Requirements.”
The graduation options are as follows:
A four-year, 24 credit standard program;
A three-year, 18-credits college preparatory program;
A three-year, 18-credit career preparatory program;
An Advanced International Certificate of Education program.
Prior to selecting one of the three year 18 credit accelerated programs the following requirements must be met:
The requirements, advantages, and disadvantages of each graduation option are to be explained to the student and his/her parents.
A signed parental consent form (FM-6911) must be submitted to the principal and guidance counselor to enroll in either one of the accelerated program.
The requirements for the three year, 18 credit accelerated options have changed several times by the Florida Legislature since these options became available to students in 2003-2004. Students are responsible for the requirements in force at the time they selected an accelerated program.
As mentioned above, the requirements for the four-year, 24-credit program were changed by the Florida Legislature for students entering the 9th grade in 2007-2008. Students who enroll in the four-year, 24 credit program prior to July 1, 2007, and again for students who entered 9th grade in 2010-2011 are responsible for the requirements in force at that time.
High school courses successfully completed by a student in grades 6 – 8 can be applied to the requirements for graduation. However, the student and his/her parents are reminded that high school credits earned prior to 9th grade as well as through the adult education program are generally not recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) toward a student’s eligibility to participate in college athletics. For information regarding athletic scholarships and eligibility, it is recommended that contact be made with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at www.ncaa.org or the athletic director at the student’s school.