TallahasseeCollegiate Academy

About US


Tallahassee Collegiate Academy graduates will be lifelong learners and contributors to society through STEM careers and continued education. 


Tallahassee Collegiate Academy will prepare a diverse population of students for career and higher education opportunities through rigorous coursework leading to professional certification in a wide variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields leading to high-demand, high-wage career opportunities.

Our Commitment:

Students are at the center of our decisions. Parents are involved in the process. We will work together to ensure that every graduate is Future Ready.

School Hours and Location:

8:05 a.m.-2:15 p.m., M-F

TCA Operates on an alternating block schedule that closely mimics the College schedule.

TCA is located on the beautiful campus of TSC, at 444 Appleyard Drive. The AC building on campus is now the high school building and home to TCA. 

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Meet Our Principal:

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Principal Jessica Chapman

Contact me: Jessica.Chapman@tsc.fl.edu | (850) 504-6300

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Tallahassee Collegiate Academy (TCA) a Public High School?

Yes. Tallahassee Collegiate Academy (TCA) is a tuition-free STEM charter high school. According to Florida Statute 1002.33, “All charter schools in Florida are public schools and shall be part of the state’s program of public education.”   

Where is TCA located?

TCA is located on the beautiful campus of TSC, at 444 Appleyard Drive. The AC building on campus is now the high school building and home to TCA.  

Do Collegiate Academy students pay college tuition and textbook fees?

No. Students and their families DO NOT pay for classes or textbooks. The college courses that students will take are considered dual-enrollment courses. 

What are the school hours and days of operation?

TCA holds high school classes between 8:05 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. TCA follows the Leon County School District calendar for closure days, teacher planning days, and beginning and end of year days. Student supervision begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Is transportation provided?

Currently, TCA holds plans to provide transportation for students who need it, should the ridership be enough to support the use of a bus and contracted transportation. Students can also take advantage of the city bus routes, which drop off right out front of TCA. Students can ride the city bus free of charge with their student ID. Bus drivers are also trained to keep a watchful eye on their underage riders. 

What degree pathways are offered at TCA?

Through a dual-enrollment agreement with TSC, TCA is able to provide degree pathways to several STEM Associate of Science degree pathways, including but not limited to Cyber Security, Computer Programming and Web Development, Engineering Technology, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, and coming soon- Video Game Design! In addition, TSC offers 14 programs of study in STEM. TCA is prepared to map a pathway to the student program of interest.

What are the enrollment requirements?

Tallahassee Collegiate Academy serves highly motivated high school students who seek to earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Science Degree simultaneously. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to perform well in rigorous coursework and should be reading on grade level in order to be deemed on track to begin earning dual-enrollment credits. Applicants should also demonstrate an interest in STEM. 

Will my student still get a GPA?

Yes. Students will receive both a high school and a college GPA for all courses taken. 

What is the teacher-to-student ratio?

TCA will be in compliance with the class-size amendment, and most classes at the high school level will be 1:24. 

How is Safety and Security handled?

TCA will be under the supervision of the TSC Police Department located on the main campus of TSC. An SRO will be present at the high school building from 7:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. daily. The school is in compliance with all requirements of the Office of Safe Schools at FLDOE. 

When students graduate, what is their next step? Can students still pursue the Bright Futures Scholarship?

Upon graduation, students will either be able to enter the workforce or continue in their field of study. Students will meet with an advisor quarterly. We will begin with the end in mind, and all course pathways will be mapped based on the student’s goal. All students will be encouraged to ensure the coursework that they complete is in alignment with the requirements of the Bright Futures Scholarship, including two years of a foreign language, maintaining the GPA requirements, obtaining the ACT or SAT score requirements, and the Volunteer Service Hour requirements. The requirements will be outlined in advance for each student and tracked throughout their progression with TCA. 

How is attendance tracked?

Due to the nature of the academic program, good attendance is a critical component to success, as the high school will utilize block scheduling and college course attendance will be mandatory. Attendance is tracked at the High School level through the FOCUS Student Information System. At the college level, attendance is tracked using college software and the collegiate academy officials will monitor the college course attendance. It is up to the parent to monitor the high school attendance. 

What is the dress code? Are uniforms required?

No uniforms are required. Students must follow the TCA student code of conduct handbook, which states that all clothing should be school-appropriateStudents are encouraged to wear smart-casual/or athletic wear that is comfortable and presentable. Throughout the duration of the program, students will be interacting with the community and potential employers and should dress accordingly. Collegiate Academy students must wear their school lanyard with ID badge daily when on campus. 

What are the lunch options provided?

TCA will provide school lunches through a food delivery service that is in compliance with all food specifications as outlined by the National School Lunch Program. Families who wish to apply for free and reduced lunch will do so upon enrollment. The TSC student union has several healthy options for lunch. Once students take their first dual enrollment class, they will have the ability to leave the High School building and opt to partake in the options offered at the newly renovated student union. 

Will students receive a computer or device on loan for school work?

TCA is a 1:1 school. This means that upon enrollment, every student will be loaned a laptop or device for use in both their high school and college courses.  

What grade levels will TCA accept?

For year one, TCA will enroll in the 9th and 10th grades. For year two, TCA will enroll in 11th grade. By year three, TCA will have students in all grade levels 9-12. TCA anticipates reaching full capacity by year 4 at 400 students (100 per grade level).

What is the mascot and color scheme?

Following in the footsteps of the branding of TSC, TCA’s mascot is the Eagle and the school colors are TSC blue and TSC gold. 

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