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:


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

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

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 minimum 3.0 unweighted high school GPA

  • Achieve required cut scores on the PERT, SAT, or ACT

  • Meet any additional admissions criteria specified by the postsecondary institution in the district's dual enrollment 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. Please click HERE for more info on Career and Technical Education in Gilchrist County.

Health Science

  • Nurse Assisting - Acute and Long-Term Care

  • Electrocardiograph Aide

  • Allied Health

Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice

  • 911 Dispatcher

Agriscience and Natural Resources

  • Agritechnology

  • Animal Science

  • Technical Agriculture Operations

Business Management and Administration

  • Business Management and Analysis

Art, A/V Technology & Communication

  • Digital Design

Architecture and Construction

  • Carpentry

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.