My daughter is now a junior this year and will be pretty much done with her high school requirements at the end of this school year, however, we are not planning to graduate her yet because this would have implications for her future. I always dreamed of “graduating my kids early” only because It would show my family that homeschooling was the right choice-I know lame. The reality is, that I don’t want my 16 year old graduating yet we still have a lot of work to do and she would miss out on “high school” stuff if she graduates early.
So my attention has been turned to Dual Enrollment. Many people have never heard of Dual Enrollment. Some colleges are calling it “Early College”. Our local junior college calls it “Concurrent Enrollment”.
What is Dual Enrollment?
Basically it is an opportunity for high school students in high school to enroll concurrently in college-level courses. Different colleges have different requirements. Some just ask for a parent approval and transcripts. Some require SAT or ACT scores. Some others ask for placement tests. Our local community college is very relaxed and only require a parent or administrator approval. To find out what your requirements are, go to your local community college website and search for those terms mentioned above.
What is the Benefit?
– Earn your college degree in less time
– Eliminate duplication of coursework between high school and college
– Save Money! Concurrently enrolled students pay only minimal fees (in some cases)
– Experience the college environment
– Explore career fields before starting college
What are the downsides?
– A college course will take more time and precedence over all other course work. You don’t want a
bad grade on a college transcript.
– College courses will be with older adults
– College courses may have adult material, discussions, and topics
– Colleges can be very liberal, and the environment not “conservative friendly”
How will it work for my children?
We’ve been doing online classes since she was an 8th grader, so I believe that the online college courses will work well for us. Unfortunately, our local community college usually has wait lists for their online classes so we will need to look at other community colleges that are less impacted.
I am also looking into several Christian Colleges for opportunities. They are popping up ever where. Here is just a few:
Grand Canyon University
Is it worth it?
As long as my child is committed and invested in the process I think it is worth it. Since she will be doing the work. She wants to travel so I know that getting a head start on college will help her achieve that. We will save time and money by starting now. This might not be the course we take with my son. He has dyslexia and dysgraphia and we might have to wait longer.