This article first appeared at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com and is reprinted here with permission for High School Homeschool Month.
One of the newest trends in homeschooling is that of the dual enrollment credits. It really is an amazing way to get ahead of the game, which explains why the concept has taken off in the past decade. This method of enrolling in a college class while still in high school can truly be life changing as well as budget saving. As the cost of attending college has soared over the last few years, this option almost has become a necessity to some homeschooling families. But you probably still have a few questions about dual credit before you head off to sign up….our aim is to answer them!!
Should every homeschooled high schooler take dual enrollment courses?
Not necessarily. There are probably three main reasons that dual enrollment might not be the appropriate option for you….
1) If you don’t plan on getting any further education after high school. The idea behind DUAL credit is that you are able to earn both high school and college credit with one course. If college isn’t in your future, then this may seem like an unnecessary step
2) If the college you plan to attend doesn’t accept dual enrollment credits. A meeting with the academic advisor from the four year university from which you intend to receive your Bachelor’s degree is vital. During this meeting you can ask what their policies are concerning transfers, how the various courses will transfer, and any suggestions that they have for which courses should be taken. Along these same lines, if a student plans on attending graduate school, many competitive universities will want to see that a student has taken a heavy load