What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment is an acceleration mechanism that allows student to pursue an advanced curriculum relevant to their postsecondary interests. Dual enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while simultaneously earning high school credit through dual enrollment. Colleges and universities that offer dual enrollment courses to Duval County Public School students must do so by way of an articulation agreement, which describes the parameters for which the students may participate. Under the umbrella of dual enrollment, there are several options for students: (1) college courses taken at the college/university campuses; (2) college courses taught by credentialed high school teachers offered at DCPS high schools; (3) FSCJ Early College ; (4) FSCJ Early Admission.
Advantages and Cautions of Dual Enrollment
There are several benefits for eligible students taking dual enrollment courses. Dual enrollment participation provides the opportunity for accelerated skill development curve with the increase in rigor and challenge of course work. Dual enrollment can help students accelerate educational goals, experience resources and activities as a college student, earn college credit, and significantly reduce college tuition. Additionally, students may receive favorable consideration in the college admission process and more likely to graduate with academic honors, earn a higher grade point average (GPA), graduate within four years and be accepted into a graduate program. Students should be appropriately advised regarding the importance of taking dual enrollment seriously. Dual enrollment participation impacts the student's college grade point average and begins a permanent college transcript. Students are treated as independent college students and their college records and progress are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).