Coasting through college: Seacoast Collegiate High School now in session

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 03:17 PM.

At Seacoast, entering ninth and tenth graders will have the opportunity to graduate high school along with a two year degree, not to mention certifications in both Microsoft and Adobe programs. The charter school was the only one in the state of Florida to receive a $30,000 grant to provide every student with the tools to become Microsoft Office certified.

"At the end of the year they can take the Microsoft industry test," D'Avignon said. "They're going to need to know how to use Excel and PowerPoint. What we're trying to do is develop talent for any situation."

Much of the curriculum is student-driven. On the first day of school, students filled out multiple intelligence tests, letting the faculty assess how the students learn and how to conduct future coursework.

Students will also get a taste of self-reliance with a distance learning research class, where all of the assignments and tests will be done online, while instructors will be available for back-up help. The purpose of the course is to engage students in research and critical thinking.

"We're trying to get students to be thinking about thinking," D'Avignon said.

The first day of school was also dedicated to designing the school's logo, mascot and three Latin phrases associate with the school. Months before the bell even rang, students were tasked with naming the school. They chose Seacoast, combing Seaside and the Emerald Coast .

"Rarely in your life do you get to do something first, something that is big," D'Avignon said. "It's all in part of creating ownership. We're creating an atmosphere where kids have a choice."

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