Commonly asked questions and answers

How much does it cost to attend the Charter Academy?

It’s free! There is no cost to the student or family. The application, college tuition, and college textbooks are provided for all Charter Academy students. 

Why should I attend?

You will earn high school and college credit at the same time, all while being supported by the entire staff of the Charter Academy. If you like a small school environment and want to be challenged, this is the school for you. 

What kind of technology do I need?

Laptops will be furnished for all Charter Academy students. You’ll also have access to a state-of-the-art technology Innovation Center. 

Can I participate in sports, band, or chorus?

Yes, all college clubs and activities are open to Charter Academy students. There’s a wide array of activities, and you’ll have the opportunity to start new clubs of interest with other Charter Academy students. 

Will my schedule be the same as it is now at my high school?

No, your schedule will be individualized for you and your class selection. You will meet with staff from the Charter Academy to develop a schedule that meets all your academic and personal needs. 

Can I leave campus?

Yes, as a junior or senior, you will be enrolled in college courses and will have the flexibility that the college schedule offers students. 

Does the Charter Academy provide transportation?

Transportation is not planned for Spring 2024. Starting Fall 2024, the Charter Academy will provide transportation.

Do I buy my own textbooks?

No, all textbooks will be provided to you at no cost. 

Will someone be available to assist me with my medications?

Yes, the Charter Academy will be trained to assist you. 

How is the Charter Academy different from regular dual enrollment?

  • When you attend the Charter Academy, your high school is the Pensacola State College Charter Academy, and when you graduate, you will benefit from any prestige associated with having attended a collegiate charter school; in regular dual enrollment, you continue to be a student of your current high school. 
  • At the Charter Academy, the same person who ensures you are ready to graduate from high school also fully understands all college requirements and will help you earn the right college credits toward your intended associate’s degree; in regular dual enrollment, your high school counselor is concerned only about your high school credits. 
  • At the Charter Academy, you will be supported by the entire staff, whose focus will be your graduating from high school and earning an associate degree. You will be provided tutoring for your college classes and mentors who will help you meet your academic and career goals. You will work with caring individuals who know you by name and are there to help you with anything you may need. 
  • At the Charter Academy, you will experience a small high school environment—to start, no more than 75 juniors and 75 seniors. You will spend time before, between, and even after classes in the Charter Academy Commons and Charter Academy Innovation Center; both of these areas are open only to Charter Academy students. 
  • At the Charter Academy, you will also have access to fun and exciting activities provided to you during the enrichment weeks before college classes start in the fall and spring terms. We’ll have orientation, workshops, treasure hunts, ice breakers, college success preparation activities, and more for you; these enrichment activities are for Charter Academy students only.