If you are a current or soon-to-be high school parent, you may have heard the term "dual enrollment" and wondered about the value of college classes in high school. A recent study by the University of Texas found students that take dual enrollment classes in high school are more prepared for college and graduate from college sooner than students that have not taken any dual enrollment courses (University of Texas System Dual Credit Study, 2018).
Three key findings taken directly from the study:
- Dual enrollment students are two times more likely than students entering college with no dual enrollment to graduate in four years.
- Among students who graduate in four years, dual enrollment students, on average, graduate one semester earlier compared to students with no prior college credit.
- Students reported that dual enrollment provides early exposure to college that benefited them when taking college courses after graduating from high school.
Here at Sarasota Christian School we offer 17 dual enrollment classes on our campus with our Christian faculty. Additionally, we offer the opportunity for students to graduate with not only a high school diploma, but an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Business from Southeastern University. This represents a value of as much as $60,000 in college tuition!
Graduating from high school with dual enrollment coursework on a student's high school transcript demonstrates college readiness. Grades, standardized test scores, and other factors are important to colleges during the application process, but colleges also place an importance on the rigor of the classes. Dual enrollment classes are valued by college admissions officers because they know if a student can succeed in a college-level course while in high school, they are more likely to continue this trend at the college level.
Ready to see if our dual enrollment program is right for your student? Learn more at our high school information night on November 13, 2018.
At Sarasota Christian School, we believe there are many benefits of a Christian education.A recent study confirms that Christian schools help students remain faithful as young adults. Using the most recent Cardus Education Survey data, analysts found that attending a Christian school has a measurable effect on graduates that is distinct from the influence of family, socio-economic background, or church life.
Among the findings in the new report Walking the Path: The Religious Lives of Young Adults in North America (David Sikkink, 2018), there are three key ways in which graduates of Christian high schools are different than public school grads:
- Christian school graduates are much more likely to pray, read the Bible, attend church regularly, and tithe.
- Christian school graduates report significantly higher belief in orthodox Christian teachings, such as the belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and that the Bible is infallible in matters of faith and practice.
- Christian school graduates are less likely to switch religious affiliation or turn from the faith of their childhood.
“Church and family life are important in young adults’ spiritual formation, but our research reinforces the fact school plays an important role in this as well,” said Dr. Beth Green, education program director at Cardus.
We couldn't agree more! At Sarasota Christian School, Biblical truths are seamlessly integrated into classrooms, extracurricular activities, and athletics. We invite you to come discover for yourself how Sarasota Christian School can help your child build a firm foundation of faith.