What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment is when a student enrolls in both their high school and an Institute of Higher Education and takes a college course. The student may or may not receive secondary credit for the college courses completed; hence, not all dual enrollment is dual credit. Dual enrollment is one of many paths available for students to accrue college credit before high school graduation. The following list outlines the most common models for accruing college credit while in high school:
· Dual Credit: Students earn both high school and college credit for the same course.
· Concurrent Enrollment: A type of Dual Credit program whereby high school students take college‐credit‐bearing courses taught by college‐ approved high school teachers on their high school campus.
· College High School – These programs blend high school and college coursework into a single, comprehensive, accelerated curriculum. They typically include opportunities for simple dual enrollment or dual credit coursework. The School District of Philadelphia currently has one model in place:
o Early College High School (Parkway Center City Middle College): This type of program enables high school students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
· Articulated Credit: Students take courses for high school credit that may subsequently be accepted for college credit upon matriculation at a college. Students do not receive college credit upon course completion. A prominent type of articulated credit program is:
o Tech Prep Credit – An articulated credit program focusing on high school courses in technical areas that are accepted for credit at community colleges (common for Career and Technical Education schools/programs).
· Credit by Exam – High school students take standardized tests at the end of a course to assess their knowledge. Colleges may grant credit based on the exam results. Prominent examples include:
o Advanced Placement (AP) Tests
o International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams