Introduction to Dual Credit
Dual credit courses provide students with college-level experiences in both core and career areas, preparation for post-secondary success, and opportunities to earn early college credit, which reduces the cost and time for earning a post-secondary degree and/or certificates. These courses also help students discover and pursue their futures while in high school.
Dual credit classes are taught either by a qualified District 211 instructor or by a college professor, typically at District 211 schools. In some cases, classes are offered on the college campus.
Dual credit is recorded on the student’s high school transcript, as well as on a transcript at the partner college or university. These dual credit courses will be the first grades on a student’s college academic records.
Students can earn early college credits by
- taking a Dual Credit course
participating in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and earning a passing score on the associated AP exam
Benefits of Dual Credit
-Facilitates the transition between high school and college.
-Reduces the cost of a college education.
-Reduces the time needed to complete a degree program.
-Prepares students for college coursework.
-Raises student motivation and aspiration
-Increases post-secondary enrollment.
D211 - The Power of 15
Students who earn 15 or more early college credits are more likely to experience success after high school. D211 refers to this as the Power of 15.
Students who want to take dual credit courses and/or learn more about Advanced Placement coursework should discuss their options with their school counselor.