Dual Credit Courses and Dual Enrollment Options
Earn College Credits While Still in High School
It's never too early to start thinking about life after high school. And whether you're heading to college or straight into a career, high school is the time to explore your interests and discover the skills that will set up a successful future. Taking rigorous courses and skill-building electives at a postsecondary level can give high school students an advantage, whether or not they pursue further education. That's why Stride K12-powered schools offer opportunities for eligible students to earn college credits through dual enrollment options.
Why should you consider dual enrollment?
Completing college-level coursework in high school can have several benefits for high schoolers. Students enrolled in dual credit classes can:
Earn college credit and high school credit for the same coursework
Save time spent in a postsecondary degree program by completing credit hours in high school
Save money on a degree program in states where reduced or school-funded tuition is offered*
Experience college-level coursework and greater academic rigor
Explore academic and career fields of interest in greater depth to discover their passion
Complete specialized courses that can provide an early path to a career
How does a dual credit program work?
Through partnerships with local colleges and universities, many Stride K12-powered schools are able to offer dual credit programs that enable students to be enrolled in their high school and a college program at the same time. Students must meet any requirements specified by their school and partner institution in order to be eligible for dual enrollment. Qualified students may enroll in select dual credit classes at participating institutions while maintaining their high school status. Dual enrolled students can then apply their earned credits to fulfill both high school graduation requirements and postsecondary degree requirements, getting a jump-start on earning a degree while earning their diploma.
Families may also be able to reduce the financial burden of a postsecondary degree in states where dual enrollment is offered with reduced or waived tuition fees.*
How can I learn about my dual enrollment options?
Dual credit opportunities vary by state, by school, and by partnerships with individual colleges and universities. To learn if your school offers dual enrollment opportunities and for full details, including eligibility requirements, contact your school's administrative office.
Hear from Graduates of Stride K12-Powered Schools
"I was taking classes at the University of New Orleans while taking my high school classes. So now I have 31 college credits."
–Madeline B., 2018 LAVCA Graduate**
"I already earned my associate's degree at the same time I’m graduating today."
–Tyler S., 2019 OHVA Graduate†
**Madeline is a 2018 graduate of a Stride K12-powered school in Louisiana, and her statement reflects her experience at her school.
†Tyler is a 2019 graduate of a Stride K12-powered school in Ohio, and his statement reflects his experience at his school.
*Dual-credit opportunities vary by school; please check with your school directly for information on tuition and availability.