Students over the age of 16 (sometimes younger) may take classes FREE OF CHARGE at community colleges. Students attend all high school classes and take a college class in the late afternoon/evening/weekend. It is difficult to “dual enroll” students into college classes which impinge upon the school day, as it is nearly impossible to coordinate transportation from school.
If a student wants to take a college class, they must:
- Determine what class they wish to take
- Meet with administration to make sure that the course will either assist them with required high school subjects, or enhance their academic profile.
- Obtain their parents’ permission
- Obtain their own source of transportation from home to the community college and back home.
If the school agrees the class would be beneficial, the student then INDEPENDENTLY goes to the college of their choice and picks up a “Concurrent Enrollment Form”. School administration will sign that form, as well as the student’s parents. The student then returns to the college with the signed form and enrolls in the class. All tuition fees are waived, but there may be a few miscellaneous fees. They will also have to purchase their own books. If a student cannot afford to purchase the college text, funding may be available through the nonpublic school.
College credits are converted into high school credit and appear on the student’s high school transcript. For example, a student who failed World History A & B could take an equivalent course at college, and make up those missing credits. One 3 credit college course equals 10 high school credits – a full year of World History.
If a student is not missing any high school credits, the college credits will simply accelerate the student’s progress toward graduation and/or eliminate pre-requisite classes when they graduate high school and enroll in college. They can therefore move more rapidly into higher level college courses.
Students interested in taking college classes should be passing all high school classes and be a student in good standing. However there are always exceptions, so any interested student should explore the possibility of community college concurrent enrollment if they are interested.
As with dual enrollment to public school, the student should ask themselves the questions on the following survey before pursuing courses at a community college:
Am I Ready for a Community College Class?
- Do I attend school daily?
- Do I arrive to school in a timely manner?
- Am I prepared for class each day?
- Do I follow directions on the first request?
- Can I work independently? (Can I get started on my own, remain focused on the task, and complete assignments on time?)
- Am I willing to raise my hand and ask a question when I don’t understand something.
- Am I able to ask for and receive help when I need it?
- Can I take notes in class?
- Can I work in a group with students that I don’t know?
- Am I willing to do two hours of homework every night?
- Am I currently completing all my assignments?
- Am I currently turning in all my homework?
- Am I receiving passing grades?
- Can I act in an adult manner when in a mature environment?
Note: If you are a student who is struggling in high school classes but you hold a passion for a specific area of study, you should consider a community college class despite less than positive responses to this survey.