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Dual Enrollment

  • Jan 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 a self-defense class.  Our 11th grade son recently completed Pre-Calculus, and took Spanish 3 (counts as Spanish 4 in high school) along with his 9th grade brother.  So far, the kids have had no complaints.  That is if, "Mom, the Spanish class is easier than your Spanish classes were!" does not count as a complaint.  And therein lies one of the major "negatives" to dual enrollment:  that the coursework is sometimes not as challenging as one would hope.  Nevertheless, for our students that are ready academically and socially to dive in, dual enrollment allows them to acclimate to a college classroom while completing a high school requirement in one semester rather than one year.  One last word of advice if you feel your student is able to tackle college while in high school:  be aware that any grades they receive at college will be counted 2.5 times on their high school transcript.  So the "A" they earn will be weighted 2.5 times in their GPA; conversely, a "C" will be weighted the same way...definitely something to think about before enrolling in a class that might potentially be too difficult for a student.  With some preparatory thought and a motivated student, dual enrollment can be a positive adjunct to a homeschooled student's academic experience. 

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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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