DUAL ENROLLMENT FAQ'S
What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment--as it is often referred to-- is when a student is earning credits for college and highschool at the same time. There are several ways to have dual enrollment. The benefits are obvious, getting college credit while in highschool. This, for a home-educated student can be especially beneficial because it allows them to save time and money. If your student is an advanced learner it can keep them challenged. It reduces the remedial learning in the early general education requirement phase of college. By having concurrent enrollment a student can bypass repetitive courses and move directly to upper-level college courses.
How do I start my student in a dual enrollment program?
There are several ways to start your student in a dual enrollment program or option. Many colleges offer this opportunity and many tests allow students to gain college level credit. However, all options must be approved by Berean Christian Private School Program. Please fill out a request form, before enrolling your child in a dual enrollment option. And make sure to talk to an administrator about the risks of dual enrollment.
Is my student a candidate for dual enrollment?
If your student is excelling in his or her high school courses it is very possible that they could do well with dual enrollment. A student who is motivated to finish college early, or excels in a particular subject may also be a candidate. If you have any questions about the readiness of your student please contact us.
What is CLEP?
The College-Level Examination Program allows students to take tests in or after high school to gain college credit. The 37 specific course exams are accepted at approximately 2,900 colleges nationwide. Students who have already learned proficient information in a specific concentration may substitute a semester or more of a class by passing the CLEP exam with the same or equivalent course description. However, Both the parent educator and student should be aware if the exam is failed or incomplete the student will not receive credit that semester for the course which they had planned to take with the credit by examination program. Berean Christian school will only award credit if the student passes the minimum passing score test requirements which is awarded by the College Board of Education.
Which college do you recommend for Dual Enrollment?
There are several Homeschool friendly Colleges. Berean Christian suggest parents look into several local and online colleges before enrolling their student. One option might be Cerro Coso Community College. Berean Christian is familiar with Cerro Coso's program making it easy for documentation. As a community college, Cerro Coso is affordable and some courses might even be free for a high school students. This college also offers the majority of their classes online. Allowing your student to take the class in the comfort of their home in the midst of their homeschool day. For a more detailed list of homeschool friendly colleges we suggest reading: College Without Compromise - (2005) by Scott Wightman and Kris Wightman.
What about AP?
Advanced Placement or AP classes can be taken at most public high schools. These courses are designed for advanced students who wished to gain college credit by examination in particular subject. These courses look excellent on transcripts and can help students when they apply for college and college scholarships. However, these courses are difficult for homeschoolers to attend because they are very rarely offered to students outside a public or private school. The best route for credit by examination for a homeschool student is through the CLEP. The CLEP is just as credible as AP classes appear on a transcript. For more info on AP classes please visit the college board's website.
However, Both the parent educator and student should be aware if the class is failed or uncompleted the student will not receive credit that semester for the course which they had planned to take with the credit by examination program. Berean Christian school will only award credit if the student passes the minimum passing score requirements which is awarded by the College Board of Education. Please fill out this request form, before enrolling your child in an AP duel enrollment option.