Director of Secondary Education
The Secondary Education program in Gilchrist County includes grades 6-12. The curriculum for middle school and high school includes core classes and elective courses required by the state. Students are given the opportunity to enroll in rigorous courses to meet their individual educational needs and are encouraged to take advantage of elective and extracurricular courses and activities. Required credits and courses are listed in the Middle School and High School Student Progressions Plans.
Listed below are areas related to secondary education:
Florida Reading Initiative
Bell and Trenton High Schools participate in the Florida Reading Initiative. Teachers have received training through the FRI Academy in the use of reading strategies in all curriculum areas. Reading is given priority since it is recognized that success in school depends on a student’s ability to read on or above grade level.
Each district in Florida submits a District Reading Plan to the Department of Education. The plan addresses state reading requirements and implementation of these requirements in the district. Students who are working below grade level in reading are enrolled in intensive reading classes. These classes focus on each individual student’s needs and incorporate whole group, small group, and individual instruction.
Accelerated Reader is a reading program used for independent reading in middle and high school. Students are given an assessment to determine their reading level and students read books and take tests on the computer to assess comprehension of their independent reading. Students are assessed several times each year to determine if growth is occurring and reading levels can be increased.
Through the process of building comprehension on their independent reading level, students build a lifelong love of reading and learning.
Dual Enrollment is a successful acceleration mechanism that allows high school students to pursue an advanced curriculum related to their postsecondary interests. High school students are allowed to simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and an associate degree at a Florida public postsecondary institution.
Students who are eligible for Dual Enrollment are permitted to enroll in courses during school hours, after school hours, and during the summer term. In Gilchrist County, courses are offered on the high school campus with a high school teacher, online through Lake City Community College, and at the LCCC Gilchrist Center in Bell.
Students must meet the following eligibility criteria for Dual Enrollment:
Enrollment in a Florida public or nonpublic secondary school, or in a home education program;
Have a 3.0 unweighted grade point average to enroll in college credit courses
Pass the appropriate section of the college placement test or ACT;
Meet any additional admissions criteria specified by the postsecondary institution in the district interinstitutional articulation agreement.
For additional information regarding Dual Enrollment, contact the guidance counselor at each high school.
Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, options for high skill, high wage employment preparation, and advanced and continuing education.
Career and Technical Education is a program of study that provides students with the skills needed for careers in growing employment sectors. Upon graduation, Career and Technical Education students may enter employment, apprenticeship, one-year or two-year college degree or certificate programs, four-year college degree programs or other post-secondary training. Career and Technical Education provides hands-on applied learning experiences that build academic knowledge, problem solving skills, general employment skills and specific career skills.
Gilchrist County Schools offer a variety of Career and Technical Programs including to Career Tech Academies, Magnet Programs, and programs offered at each school. Please click HERE for more info on Career and Technical Education in Gilchrist County.
Academy of Health Related Professions
Nurse Assisting - Acute and Long Term Care
Emergency Medical Responding
Agriscience and Natural Resources
Technical Agriculture Operations
Academy of Construction and Engineering Technology
Building Construction Technology
Applied Engineering Technology
Administrative Office Specialist
Applied Information Technology
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Middle School Promotion Requirements
Florida Virtual School
Florida Virtual School is a computer based Florida Public School. Florida Statute 1001.42 states that access to Florida Virtual School shall be available to students during or after the normal school day and through summer school enrollment. Students in the Gilchrist County School System will be provided access during the school day if the student has an enrichment plan through exceptional student education. All other students will be given access after the normal school day.
Florida Standards Assessment
Performance Matters Progress Monitoring