College Credit for High School Students – Advanced Placement or Dual Credit? Part 1
There are a variety of ways today’s high school students can earn college credit while attending high school. Of course, with options comes the difficulty of deciding which is best. The following is an overview of a few of the options many schools offer.
Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit or Concurrent Enrollment
Across the U.S., Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment or Concurrent Enrollment (different names, same idea) classes have recently become very popular. These high school classes offer students college credit for their high school class by partnering with a local college/university. Students typically need to pay an additional fee to become a “student” at the college/university, at least for the purpose of earning credit. After doing this, students earn a grade in both the high school and college class, allowing students to “transfer” credits to college upon admission.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
In the past, students desiring college credit needed to take an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate class and do well on the national exams in May. Many schools offer AP classes that teach students the subject while preparing for the exam. The national exams do cost money ($87.00 MSRP for 2011) and students may earn credit based on their score. Colleges have different requirements for the minimum score required to earn credit. This score may vary depending on the course and the major the student desires to pursue.
Classes at a Local College
Another time honored method to receive college credit is for the student to acutually attend a local college/university class while still in high school. This of course can cause scheduling issues for many schools and not all schools are close enough to a college/university to be able to offer this option.
I recently read an article from the Dallas Morning News that discusses this same topic, Not all colleges accept dual-credit hours amassed by Texas high school students.
Next Week: Part II: The pros and cons of each