Early College: Earn your high school diploma and an A.A. Degree

This full-time program allows students to spend their high school junior and senior years attending all classes at SPC campuses. Here, they work toward simultaneously earning a high school diploma from their assigned school and an Associate in Arts degree from SPC. There is no cost for the college application, tuition or textbooks.

Students attend all classes at St. Petersburg College campuses and follow the SPC academic calendar. Admission is limited to 125 students each at the Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Seminole campuses.

Which program is right for you?
Compare SPC's Dual Enrollment, Early College and Early Admission programs

Who is eligible?

Students who live in Pinellas County and are entering 11th grade in Pinellas County public schools, private schools and home-education programs, and who meet the qualifying high school GPA and College Placement Test score requirements

What's required to enroll?

  • Unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Satisfactory scores on the College Placement Test (CPT/PERT) or SAT/ACT.
  • Private school and home-education students will be required to enroll in a public high school to participate.
  • Completion and submission of the Early College Program Application and current transcripts.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 15 credit hours each term, leading to simultaneous completion of the high school diploma and the A.A. degree.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 (C average) college GPA.
  • Transportation to classes at SPC.

Early College students no longer attend classes at their high school, but remain enrolled in their assigned high school and can participate in the school's extracurricular activities while taking classes at SPC.

View the Student Performance Contract

How to Apply

  1. You must attend an information session. Check this website for upcoming dates and times.
  2. Complete a St. Petersburg College application.
  3. Complete the College Placement Test.
  4. Submit the College Placement Test scores, high school transcripts and student data release form to the Early College Program Office by the deadline on the checklist.

Early College Program Support

The ECP classroom is a place that provides support, advisement, and a quiet study environment when students are on campus. It also houses the ECP Academic Counselor along with numerous computers for research and study purposes. Students are invited to utilize the classroom and the resources available throughout the school day.

Resources available for Early College students:

  • Weekly seminars discussing academic success, college and career information/planning, Bright Futures Scholarship, other financial aid information
  • Daily sign-in with academic counselor
  • Study groups
  • Development of goal setting, goal monitoring and self-advocacy skills
  • One-on-one advising
  • Credit Checks are shared each semester to monitor successful completion of high school and the AA Degree graduation requirements
  • Strong culture of positive peer support
  • And much more

interested in staying at SPC after high school?

If you are a current dual enrollment student and want to continue your college education at SPC after you've met all your high school graduation requirements, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete our Dual Enrollment Transition Form
  2. Meet with an SPC Academic Advisor on your home campus to complete the required steps to enroll.

Early College Contacts

Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew Street
Social Science Bldg., Room 131

Jeff Cesta
Director, Early College/Early Admission/Dual Enrollment
cesta.jeff@spcollege.edu
727-791-5970
Fax: 727-444-6247

Candy Lazar
Administrative Services Specialist
lazar.candy@spcollege.edu
727-791-5971
Fax: 727-444-6125

Jan Kessinger
Academic Counselor
kessinger.jan@spcollege.edu
727-791-5973

Kim Corry
Administrative Services Specialist (Offsite Dual Enrollment)
corry.kimberly@spcollege.edu
727-791-5977
Fax: 727-324-2019

Seminole Campus
9200 113th Street N.
LI 107

Judy Colson
Coordinator
colson.judy@spcollege.edu
727-394-6164
Fax: 727-444-6428

Linda Chang
Administrative Services Specialist
chang.linda@spcollege.edu
727-394-6023
Fax: 727-444-6540

Kelly Rich
Academic Counselor
rich.kelly@spcollege.edu
727-394-6030
Fax: 727-499-4663

Tarpon Springs Campus
600 Klosterman Road
PS Building

Sherry Pantelides
Coordinator
PS 104
Pantelides.Sherry@spcollege.edu
727-712-5281
Fax: 727-444-6133

Lori Condie
Administrative Services Specialist
PS 102
condie.lori@spcollege.edu
727-712-5400
Fax: 727-324-2018

Alice Hall
Academic Counselor
PS 129
hall.alice@spcollege.edu
727-712-5449