Dual Enrollment/ College in the High Schools
College in the High School Program
Mount Pleasant Area Senior High School has entered into a College in the High Schools relationship with Mount Aloysius College, Saint Vincent College, Seton Hill University and Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC). Under this program, high school students are able to earn college credits for coursework completed in high school. Courses will be approved on an annual basis. In order to earn college credit, students must complete a dual enrollment form, pay a nominal fee to Mount Aloysius, Seton Hill, Saint Vincent College or WCCC and maintain certain grade point requirements. Complete details of the program will be available from teachers who have a course recognized as a College in the High Schools course.
Mt. Aloysius dual enrollment courses: AP Literature, AP Macroeconomics, AP Calculus, Anatomy
WCCC College in the High School courses: Accounting, AP Chemistry, Intro to CAD, Precalculus, Spanish 3, Spanish 4
Seton Hill University College in the High School courses: AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Literature, Advanced Painting and Design
*Note students can register for SCH108 and SCH109 or just SCH108.
Saint Vincent College in the High School courses: *AP Calculus, *AP Chemistry, *AP English Literature, *AP Language & Comp, Adv. Ceramics, Adv. Painting and Design, Precalculus, Spanish 4, Young Engineers Program
***Credits earned through any of our offered dual enrollment programs have transferred to many colleges and universities. You are responsible for determining if the college or university in which you are interested in attending accept the dual enrollment credits. The best way to do this is to contact the admissions office of the school you are interested in attending. At no time will your counselor or teacher be able to assure you of a course articulation.
Dual Enrollment/College in High School--What is it?
Dual Enrollment allows high school students to take college classes while they are still enrolled in high school. These classes count for both high school and college credit. High school students who complete dual-enrollment classes generally take fewer classes in college and save money on total college costs.
Dual Enrollment/College in High School Programs take place at students’ own high school. These convenient programs allow students to remain in a familiar setting while still enabling them to take college-level courses in high school.
Students can get detailed information on the Dual Enrollment opportunities from their school counselors. It is highly recommended that students and their parents check with prospective colleges to see if credits earned through dual enrollment will transfer. Colleges vary in their policies.
To earn college credit, students must pass a dual-enrollment class with a C or better. The grade earned will be part of the student’s college academic record. Unlike AP classes, students do not have to pass an exam to earn college credit. College admissions counselors may consider dual-enrollment grades during the admissions process.
Is Dual Enrollment right for you? Dual enrollment offers many perks and can be a great choice for students looking to get a head start or a change of pace. However, it’s not for everyone. Students and their parents should be sure to check the specific details of any dual enrollment programs they’re considering and weigh the following pros and cons:
- Dual enrollment can save you money on your college degree. The Dual Enrollment cost per credit is a mere percentage of what students would be paying if taking the course in college.
- Students get a head start on college credits, potentially earning enough to graduate a semester or even a year early, or have space in their schedules to double major.
- Colleges offer a greater variety of classes, so students may find dual enrollment more engaging.
- Students who participate in dual-enrollment programs are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, enroll full-time in college, earn higher grades in college and graduate from college.
- Students can explore their chosen majors early.
- Students may be more likely to pursue full degree programs after graduating.
- “Dual enrollment courses usually are not considered as rigorous as AP courses,”. “Academic rigor is important in the college admissions process. If a student is planning to attend a selective college, AP courses may be more impressive to college admissions counselors.” Unless the Dual Enrollment course is an AP course.
- Credit earned through dual enrollment may not transfer to all schools.
- Earning credits early can shorten the college experience students may be looking forward to.