College Reach-Out Programs
The Florida State College at Jacksonville’s College Reach-Out Programs (CROP) are statewide initiatives funded by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), intended to increase the graduation rates of postsecondary education for students in grades 6 through 12 with academic and economic challenges.
Saturday Academy (January-March) is an academic-based and informational workshop initiative for students in grades 6 through 12. Sessions and activities are strategically designed to equip students with essential information needed for successful academic pursuit from high school to postsecondary graduation. Students will experience growth in areas such as math, language arts, science, social studies and technology. Students will receive preparation strategies to help boost their Florida Standard Assessment (FSA), SAT and ACT scores. Students will participate in team building activities; explore career options; STEM, financial, nutritional and reading workshops; cultural/career events; youth forums; award/recognition ceremonies; tours of Florida’s colleges/universities; and much more. Workshops and sessions are planned for parents/guardians to enlighten their knowledge of the family dynamics and to assist them with valuable information about their child’s educational process.
GRADS (Gaining Resources and Developing Skills) (June-July, Monday-Thursday) is an SAT/ACT prep and life/career skills summer initiative for high school students. Coursework focuses distinctively on math and English. Students participate in financial literacy workshops, career exploration, educational and cultural tours, community service activities, and award/recognition ceremonies. Duplicate and party bridge have been added to introduce students to an upscale way of card playing; especially, to enhance their cognitive, analytical and social skills.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Florida State College at Jacksonville has programs specifically designed for students whose first language is not English. The EAP program is designed for students who are preparing themselves for academic study and who must develop proficiency in the English language to succeed in their coursework.
Prior to registration, students take a placement test (or the College’s current EAP placement test) to determine which level of instruction is most appropriate. Based on the results of these placement test scores, students are assigned to Level IV, Level V or Level VI courses with the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prefix. Each level consists of courses in reading/vocabulary, writing/composition, speaking/listening, and structure/grammar.
Level IV classes count for institutional credit. Up to 12 credits of Level V and Level VI classes may be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the number of credits required for a degree.
All students who test into any Level IV EAP courses or tested “below Level IV” in any area of the EAP placement test are required to enroll in a section of IDS 1107 specifically designated for EAP students. This class must be completed in the first semester.
Once students have completed or tested out of all Level IV courses and have completed or tested out of Level V Speech and Level V Reading, they are eligible to take the math portion of the PERT. If the student is required to attend full-time and the student’s EAP course schedule does not meet a full course load, which is 12 credit hours, based on a student’s PERT math score, they may be eligible to take the following suggested classes:
- Math courses: MAT 0018, MAT 0028, MAT 1033 or higher based on placement test scores
- Computer Concepts courses: CGS 1060C, CGS 1100
Students who have completed or tested out of all Level V EAP courses and Level VI Speech can register for other college credit courses after consulting with an advisor.
Students who have completed all required EAP coursework can register for ENC 1101 without further testing.