NWFSC students get a head start on college

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 07:54 PM.

"I made good friends, had a preview of college life and played baseball for South Walton," he said.

The flexibility of the program was what made Wilson ultimately choose dual enrollment. It worked out well as he got to experience NWFSC music program and found his passion. He'll be studying piano performance at Rollins University in the fall.

"I didn't have any idea what I wanted to major in," he said. "But NWFSC has such a good music program it inspired me to be a musician."

For those that worry mixing college and high school robs teenagers of major social events need not worry. Collegiate students do in fact get to have a prom, and many continue to hang out with friends at school sporting events.

"I don't think I missed anything," Lee said of his high school experience. "I still hang out with my friends."

"We're still a high school, just stand and listen in the halls. We still have the lockers and noise," Schrader said with a laugh. "We've got clubs and prom, the only thing we don't have is athletics. But many of the students still go to high school games. We're just a smaller school."

The NWFSC Collegiate High School was rated as the number one high school in Florida in 2010-2011.

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