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Concurrent Enrollment and your Teen
High school students these days, have a great opportunity to start their college education while they are still in high school!
Let's talk about some of the many reasons why your high school student should take advantage of this. But first, what is concurrent enrollment?
Concurrent enrollment (dual credit classes) is...
Credit hours earned when a high school student takes a college course for both high school and college credit, during high school.
Here is an important fact about concurrent enrollment courses that you need to know before enrolling your teen in any of these courses.
In CE classes, your teen will experience college academics first-hand: read a college textbook, take college exams, write college papers, and learn how much studying is needed to pass a college class. CE classes are taught by college instructors.
Why should your teen take these courses?
Here are a few good reasons for your teen to take concurrent enrollment courses.
- Your teen will receive one high school credit hour for each concurrent enrollment class passed thus earning college credit while in high school.
- Possibly speeding up the high school graduation.
- Less time and credits needed once they enter college which can lower the costs of college and hopefully, the amount of time in college. (that's if they don't change majors 3 times, the national average!)
- Your teen’s transcripts will get quite a boost with the inclusion of college classes. Not only does a college class show their academic ability but it helps the skeptic who might wonder if your transcript, done by mom or dad, shows grades that were actually earned.
Because concurrent enrollment classes are rigorous courses, taught by college professors at a college level, consider the following before enrolling your student.
- Is your student academically ready?
- Is your child hoping to receive an academic scholarship? Remember, these classes will count as part of their high school GPA. College courses can be quite challenging and could possibly lower their high school GPA, hurting their chance of receiving an academic scholarship. But if your teen does well, it will boost his GPA.
Concurrent enrollment has many benefits, but it is very important to weigh the benefits and disadvantages before enrolling your student.
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Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife of 32 years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams
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