The Value of Dual Enrollment
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.