Does Dual Enrollment Make Sense for You?
Dual enrollment offers high school seniors (and sometimes even juniors) the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Rather than enrolling in a typical high school English class, for example, students elect to take English 101. The class satisfies their requirements as a senior, and also helps them get a jump-start on college.
Is Dual Enrollment a good idea for you?
There are various reasons to consider dual enrollment, such as:
- It can help your student prepare for the demands of college course work.
- Your student can get a closer look at his or her prospective college major ahead of time.
- Your student can get ahead on college courses, so that he or she can ease into freshman year comfortably. Earning credits early can also help your student graduate college on time.
- He or she can demonstrate their ability to handle college-level work, potentially helping with the admissions process.
- If the course is offered at your student’s high school, he or she won’t have to go elsewhere to gain this experience.
Depending upon your student’s situation and preferences, he or she might have additional reasons for wanting to participate in a dual enrollment course. But of course, there are several reasons to avoid these classes as well.
- The course could place too much pressure on your student, if he or she is already enrolled in several high-level courses.
- The class might take too much time away from valuable extra-curricular activities, such as sports, which could help your student earn a scholarship.
- The course might not add much beef to your student’s resume; for example, a course in art appreciation might not be considered a worthwhile time investment for an upcoming engineering student. Your student could end up doing extra work without earning much in return.
- The grade your student earns will go on their permanent college transcript. Don’t enroll in these courses unless you’re reasonably sure of earning a good grade.
- The course might not transfer to your student’s eventual college choice. This is a particular concern with out of state schools, but can happen with in-state universities as well.
As you can see, there are both pros and cons to dual enrollment courses. The bottom line is to thoroughly analyze your student’s reasons for considering the class, and investigate to be sure the course will help them achieve that objective. If everything matches up, a dual enrollment course can be an excellent way to prepare for college.
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