Posted by ICON School on Nov 14, 2019 4:28:46 PM

counselor and student sitting at desk discussing education - education concept with notebooks and paperworkDo you have students who are determined, dedicated, and looking for ways to get ahead in their educational careers? Are you looking for solutions that would help students who aren't reaching their full potential through traditional schooling methods? Dual-enrollment through ICON School could be just the answer you need!

What is Dual-Enrollment?

Dual-enrollment allows high school students to take required courses for graduation and college courses for credit at the same time. It is one of many options for a unique educational path, but it varies from other advanced opportunities in a few key ways. 

For example, "dual-enrollment" classes are often taught at colleges and by college professors, while "concurrent enrollment" classes (though similar) are taught at high schools by high school teachers. Dual-enrollment is also different from AP classes because students get college credits for passing dual-enrollment classes. They only get those credits from AP classes if their future college chooses to accept end-of-year AP exam scores. (Learn more about Idaho's requirements and programs for advanced opportunities here.) 

From a student perspective, perhaps the most crucial detail is this: dual-enrollment classes allow them to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

How Does Dual-Enrollment Help?

For students who want to get ahead in their educational careers or for those who are looking for non-traditional educational experiences, dual-enrollment can be invaluable. 

Not only do dual-credit classes help students adapt to college life, but they also prepare students for future careers by helping them navigate prerequisites that line up with specific programs or four-year degrees. Students also have to spend less time and money in earning their associate's degree--which, in turn, opens up new opportunities for future learning (and earning). Essentially, dual-credit classes help students get ahead by catering to and rewarding their determination in academic pursuits, allowing them to create, plan, and pursue goals as unique as they are.

Where Should You Start?

Dual-enrollment, while an excellent option for students with all kinds of different goals and needs, can seem challenging to navigate at first. That is why it's best to partner with an accredited school to plan and register for dual-credit classes. A partnership like this has benefits for you and your students.

For guidance counselors, this partnership helps by:

  • providing all the necessary information and paperwork
  • helping you transition students from high school to college
  • keeping students on track toward their goals
  • suggesting solutions that meet each student's unique needs

Students, too, can benefit. A few advantages are:

  • specialized education plans that help students choose and meet their own goals
  • support for different learning styles
  • assistance with transferring credits
  • help in creating paths for education and future careers

No matter what your students want to do later in their academic or professional careers, there's no better place to start than with dual-enrollment classes. Contact us today to learn more about available partnerships!

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