Programs & Strategies
- Performance-Based Exit Option
- Educational Alternatives Programs
- Disciplinary Programs
- Driving Privileges
- Educational Services in Department of Juvenile Justice Programs
- Teenage Parent Programs
- Truancy Programs
- Model Programs
- Mentoring Programs
- Leadership Programs
An alternative route to graduation for eligible students who may not graduate with their cohort group because of credit deficiency, low grade point average, or being overage for the grade. The program is not an option for early exit, it is designed to help students who fall behind graduate with their kindergarten cohorts and receive a State of Florida High School Performance-Based Diploma.
- Performance-Based Exit Option Administrative Rule
- Form of High Schools Diploma Administrative Rule
- Performance-Based Exit Option Application Instructions (Word)
- Performance-Based Exit Option Application (PDF)
Educational Alternatives Programs are designed for students who are unmotivated or unsuccessful in the traditional school setting. Students are identified as potential dropouts based on criteria such as retained in grade, high absenteeism, failing grades, or low Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores.
Teenage Parent (TAP) Programs are designed for students who are pregnant or parenting. TAP programs offer regular academic classes so students can continue their educational program in addition to providing classes in child growth and development, nutrition, and parenting skills. Auxiliary services, which include health services, social services, childcare, and transportation, designed to meet the special needs of pregnant or parenting students and their children are provided.
Disciplinary Programs are designed to provide interventions for students who are disruptive in the regular school environment. These programs provide positive alternatives to out-of-school suspension and expulsion.
Educational Programs in the Department of Juvenile Justice are designed to meet the educational needs of students who are clients of the Department of Juvenile Justice. These programs are operated under the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services For more information, contact Curtis Williams by phone at 850-245-0928 or by e-mail at
Truancy Programs are designed for students who have a pattern of excessive absenteeism or have been identified as habitual truants. These programs are operated under the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. For more information, contact Trevis Killen by phone at 850-245-7837 or by e-mail at .
Attendance Requirements and Driving Privileges The Florida Legislature enacted attendance requirements for minors to maintain their driving privileges. The superintendent of each school district is responsible for enforcing school attendance requirements by reporting to the DHSMV all students between the ages of 14-18 who accumulate 15 unexcused absences in any 90 calendar day period, or who drops out of school. The DHSMV may not issue a driver's license or learner’s driver's license to such students, and shall suspend any previously issued driver's license, pursuant to Section 322.091, Florida Statutes. This program is operated under the Bureau of Family & Community Outreach. For additional information, contact Tameka Thomas by phone at 850-245-0845 or by e-mail at .
- U.S. DOE What Works Clearinghouse: Dropout Prevention Programs
- National Dropout Prevention Center’s Model Programs Database
- National Dropout Prevention Center’s 15 Effective Strategies
- Southern Regional Education Board: High Schools That Work
- Southern Regional Education Board: Making Middle Grades Work
Mentoring Initiative (GMI)
The Florida Mentoring Partnership, in keeping with the state's pledge to America's Promise, helps students excel in school and life by recruiting Floridians to become mentors. This partnership, which began as the Governor's Mentoring Initiative in 1999, promotes collaboration among state agencies, municipalities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals and schools.
The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
Big Brothers Big
The organization provides mentoring activities, homework support and extended classroom learning for youths.
Male College Explorers
The goals of the program are to increase the amount of black males graduating from high school, facilitate their admission to college, and significantly increase their chances of earning a college degree.
Boys & Girls Club Mentoring
These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
Learning for Life
Learning for Life provides programs that are designed to support schools and other youth-serving organizations in their efforts toward preparing youth to successfully handle the complexities of today's society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-worth.
Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children is a comprehensive program that helps low-income children succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, student advocates/case managers, tutoring, early intervention and long-term support, high standards, parental involvement, and community support.
Florida State Alliance of YMCAs
The purpose of the Florida State Alliance of YMCAs is to utilize the collective strength of all Florida YMCAs to increase their abilities to build stronger kids, families and communities throughout the state.