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High school students enrolled in a college and recieving college credits and high school credits simultaneously.

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Dual Enrollment is one of the best opportunities for homeschoolers with high school students

  • Feb 5, 2010

Every college has different rules and different names for dual enrollment programs but they are prevalent throughout the nation. Some colleges offer several hours of tuition free classes and cut the fees of dual enrolled students. Dual enrollment can usually start after the student has completed the 10th grade. The students are allowed to take entry level classes without an ACT score as long as they aren’t math or science related. Homeschoolers get several added bonuses. As the principal of my school I sit down with the children and together we structure the classes. The only limit to the number of classes my child can take is what I can pay of the tuition. My kids go to a college where we get 5 hours a semester of tuition free classes and pay less than $50 in fees. This saved me about $5000 this semester alone.  All of my kids will graduate with over 30 hours of college credit. The students are taking class either online or at the college right along side everyone else. I know of several parts of the country where the high schools offer dual enrolled classes taught by the regular teacher not the  professors and sometimes the quality can be lacking.

Then there’s the added bonus of getting to know the professors and the school better before you actually make the decision of what major to choose. You have up to 2 years with no declared major, just taking the core courses that are required to graduate.  Those relationships you build in the high school years can be leveraged into positions of leaderships in various honor societies or clubs merely by the fact of being around the campus and observing before you are actually able to participate fully in the clubs.

I have heard that parents think that the curriculum may be too hard. Most of the entry level courses require participation, doing homework and showing up. They are not difficult nor are they meant to be. We ease ours in by first taking art appreciation and then moving on from there. I know from experience that most professors love homeschoolers and are always glad to answer questions.

I just encourage every parent of a homeschooled student to take full advantage of this if possible. It is a rich opportunity.

Dual Enrollment is one of the best opportunities for homeschoolers with high school students

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February 05, 2010
I have heard of this, but did not know much about it. Thanks for explaining how it works, it makes so much sense! I'll have to keep this in mind, though it will be about 14 years until we make such decisions :) A lot can change in that amount of time.

I shared your review with my friends on Facebook by the way! :)
February 05, 2010
This sounds like the home school equivalent of the IB program! Graduating with 30 college credits headstart! I did not home school and feel like it must take a special family to blaze that trail. More power to you.
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review by . January 23, 2011
   As a homeschooling family, we have opted to have our high-school age children dual enroll at our local community colleges.  While some homeschooling families might consider this a non-option (since it is public school), our feelings are different.  If a child shows the maturity necessary and feels up to the challenge, why not let them get a head start on college?  Our eldest daughter finished her Japanese studies at city college, and also completed a drawing course and …
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I'm usually thinking out of the box. I have been a homeschooler for about 15 or so years with 3 children in college,1 dual enrolled in highschool. I ran my own business as a family entertainer / birthday … more
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Students enrolled in secondary school (called high school in the United States) may be dual enrolled at a local institution of higher learning, such as a community college or university. These students may take classes at either institution for credit toward their high school diploma, as well as for college credit. Many state governments within the United States have recognized the benefit of dual enrollment and have consequently instructed their public universities to begin collaborating with local schools. Some private universities also participate.

Dual enrollment in both secondary school and college is advantageous to students because it allows them to get a head start on their college careers. In some cases, the student may even be able to attain an Associate of Arts or equivalent degree shortly before or after one's high school graduation. Furthermore, it may ease the transition from high school to college.

In addition, dual enrollment is seen by parents as a money saving strategy that avoids skyrocketing tuition costs because courses are paid for and taken through the local high school. State government officials also see dual enrollment as a net savings due to the lower present value of funds spent earlier, as opposed to those spent later. Public school costs are also lower than they would be at postsecondary institutions.

One form of dual enrollment is concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment ...

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