Dual Enrollment permits high school students to take courses at local higher education institutions to earn college credits while remaining enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.
During the 2020-21 school year, Susquehannock High School is continuing to partner with Harrisburg Area Community College, Penn State York, and York College of Pennsylvania for Dual Enrollment agreements for students. If you would care to do Dual Enrollment at any of these schools, the first step in the process is to arrange a meeting with your school counselor. Should you choose to pursue Dual Enrollment you will need to complete paperwork for both SHS and the school you’re selecting to take courses at and submit it to the counseling office and/or college prior to the start of the next school year. Prior to seeking out a meeting with your school counselor, it is recommended that you take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions below that students and parents often have about Dual Enrollment.
How Does Dual Enrollment Credit Work?
Because students are enrolled at Susquehannock and the college they select for Dual Enrollment, they will receive credit at both schools. For a typical three-credit college course, the student will receive one (1) high school credit in the subject area weighted at a 1.2 and three (3) college credits. For a four-credit college course, the student will receive one (1) high school credit in the subject area weighted at a 1.3 and four (3) college credits.
Susquehannock will list the course as a Dual Enrollment course in the subject area of the completed course on the high school transcript. Students will need to request an official transcript from both SHS and the college where credits were obtained. Both transcripts will need to be sent to schools where the student applies to be a full time student.
Are Dual Enrollment Credits Transferrable?
Most colleges do accept Dual Enrollment credits, but not all. Students are advised to check with the schools where they plans to apply to be a full time student to see if the credit will transfer. Most school’s admissions websites have guides or transfer tools. In the event they do not, you can speak with an admissions representative who likely can answer the question.
If you are seeking admission to an Ivy League school or a more competitive school,
please be advised that they may not accept dual credit. However, they do encourage high school students taking advantage of these opportunities while in high school.
It is advised that you be proactive! Contact the colleges to which you are applying, to learn policies and procedures related to Dual Enrollment. The 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools – known as state schools – typically accept dual enrollment credit.
Advanced Placement Courses Or Dual Enrollment?
You want to be sure to challenge yourself throughout your high school experience. Both Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement courses are excellent choices! You will have different experiences through each of these programs.
Dual Enrollment will give you the opportunity to learn with current college students and professors on a college campus. Once you are enrolled, you are considered a college student, and most times the professors do not distinguish between the high school student and college student. You will earn transferable credit with Dual Enrollment. The teaching method and style of a college professor may be slightly different than that of your high school teachers. You will receive weighted credit for both AP and Dual Enrollment although all AP courses at SHS are weighted 1.3 whereas most Dual Enrollment courses are weighted 1.2. It may be a good idea to give both a try. You may also want to check with the prospective schools where you plan to be a fulltime student to see what they would advise.
What Type Of Classes Should I Take?
Generally, there are two options concerning the type of courses a student from Susquehannock should take if doing Dual Enrollment.
The first option is to take general education courses which align with SHS core course graduation requirements. The most common examples of courses under this criteria would include a Government course and/or an English course involving a research paper. The rationale behind taking these courses is that most Dual Enrollment students entering their senior year have met all other graduation requirements for SHS other than a fourth English and fourth Social Studies course. Taking these courses would allow them to meet those graduation requirements while also earning general education or specific requirement credits towards a college degree while also taking an additional required minimum of at least 2 credits at SHS. It is recommended if students select courses with this option in mind that they take these courses in the fall.
The second option is to take more exploratory courses at the Dual Enrollment institution because they’re not offered in the SHS curriculum. Taking these sorts of credits allow a student to bridge out and explore opportunities they may not necessarily have within the SHS curriculum. These credits are still likely to transfer but the chances of them hitting certain criteria at most universities becomes much smaller and they may simply transfer in as general credits rather than as general education or specific requirement credits. Thus, if students are doing this, they will also need to fulfill their graduation requirements of a fourth English and fourth Social Studies course at SHS.
Ultimately, the type of course(s) that students take should they do Dual Enrollment is up to discussion between them and their parents/guardians though a school counselor can help in the conversation.
What Academic Supports Are Available At The College?
Most post-secondary schools have tutoring services available to students. Professors also have office hours where students can schedule a time to meet with them one on one. If a student requires additional accommodations to their course work, it is their responsibility to initiate contact with the college and provide the necessary documentation prior to the start of their college course. Colleges offer reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973.
Will The NCAA Eligibility Center Accept My DE Credits?
The Eligibility Center must receive a transcript form the college once the course has been completed. Students must request that their college and high school transcripts be sent to the Eligibility Center if they wish to compete in college sports. The Eligibility Center will review the course for acceptance as part of the Core Course Requirements. Check with your school counselor for further information on Core Course Requirements.