The Collegiate High School (CHS) at Northwest Florida State College, established in 2000, is an innovative charter school that consistently ranks among the top high schools in Florida. The Collegiate High School enables 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to simultaneously earn both a standard high school diploma and a transferable two-year college degree or transferable college credits. The CHS is a public school and is free of charge to students. College-credit classes, college and high school textbooks, provision for transportation, use of a personal laptop computer, tutoring and more are all provided at no cost.
The Collegiate High School was named a 2006 National Blue Ribbon School and the school consistently places among the top five high schools in the state each year in the Florida Accountability Program. For information on the school's accomplishments view the CHS annual report. The school is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Students at the school earn among the top scores in Florida on standardized tests and graduates successfully transfer to top colleges and universities nationwide. Graduates have received an impressive list of scholarships for universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. Air Force Academy, the FSU School of Music, Notre Dame, California Poly-Tech, Stetson University, the University of Georgia, University of Virginia, Judson College, Millsaps University, the University of West Florida College of Education, the UWF College of Professional Studies, University of Central Florida, Flagler College, and Florida Atlantic University, Marquette University, the University of Alabama, Auburn University and Villanova University.
The Collegiate High School provides a small school atmosphere with personal attention, free tutoring, and instruction by college faculty who hold doctorate or other advanced degrees in their fields of expertise. The school is dedicated to students who are serious about their studies and mature enough to thrive in a college environment. The Collegiate High School provides a wide array of student activities such as student government, academic team, National Honor Society, yearbook, prom, Math team, Circle K, Science Bowl team, Schools for Schools and more. Students may also participate in Northwest Florida State College activities such as Forensics and Brain Bowl teams, dance line, Phi Theta Kappa college honor society, Show Choir, jazz band, youth symphony orchestra and more. Collegiate High students may also continue to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as band and sports teams, at their regional public high school if these activities fit into the student's daily schedule. In addition, students have access to all of Northwest Florida State College's state-of-the-art facilities, programs and organizations.
The Collegiate High School isn't for everyone. However, the school may be the right educational choice for the student who:
- Needs a more academically challenging curriculum
- Wants to earn a college degree or college credits at no cost
- Desires to concentrate studies in a specific field such as computer science, fine arts or other fields
- Desires to enter a career immediately upon graduation