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Maximizing Potential: The Advantages of Dual Enrollment for High School Students 

How dual enrollment can help you get ahead of the curve.

Stockton- Ever wonder why some students can finish college in 3.5 years and not four?  This is because of the program known as dual enrollment, which lets you take college-level courses as a high school student.  You can earn both high school and college credit for taking them too.  These classes provide you with substantial benefits and will help you get a head start when in your college career. 

Saving money: These courses can earn you college credit early with little to no cost, saving you from paying for the class when you are in college.  This can help you reduce the amount of debt which can become very extreme for many students. 

Dual enrollment can help you get ahead dramatically: This program gives students the chance to finish required classes before starting college, giving them the chance to potentially graduate early.  Also, with the chance to opt out of certain college courses, it can give you more time to take electives, join clubs on campus, and get a job or internship.  Dual enrollment can also help students figure out which types of classes they enjoy or dislike with little risk.  It can give you more time to focus on your desired major or career path, so you are not struggling to figure this out before you graduate. 

College can become more accessible: College can be a very difficult process, and for many families who are low-income, minorities, or first generation, it can be a struggle. Taking dual enrollment can provide assistance and a strong support system for the start of your college career.  While many classes can be harder than high school-level classes, they can teach you the importance of responsibility, time management skills, and improve your study habits.  Dual enrollment can help you adjust to the challenges of the college lifestyle. 

Difference between AP and dual enrollment: Advanced placement (AP) classes are college level courses exclusively for high school students.  There can be a variety of subjects for AP classes, like American History, Psychology, or Mathematics.  You will get high school credit for passing an AP course, but you have to pay to take the exam at the end of the course and have to receive a high enough score to earn college credit.  For many though, dual enrollment can help you have a more unique educational experience, is often less intense, and will help you graduate college sooner.  If you are unsure of which to choose, dual enrollment will often be a safer bet and be a great experience. 

Best dual enrollment classes to take: The best classes to choose are ones that will help you accomplish your goals.  It is common to take a dual-enrollment core class such as math, science, english, or history.  But, some schools may offer particular subjects for students who are passionate.  Some of these can include engineering, mythology, or environmental studies. 

In the end, no matter what path you choose to take after high school, dual enrollment classes can always be a helpful option. At our very own Lincoln High School, each semester there are several different courses available to sign up for at Delta College.  By saving money, time, and gaining experience early, taking these courses will give you a jumpstart in college and a guarantee to make you a successful high school student. 


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Jordan Ellis
Jordan Ellis, Staff Writer
Jordan Ellis is a sophomore at Lincoln with a passion for sports and school. She plays volleyball and badminton, and is dedicated to getting good grades. She helps out with the Friday night live club at Lincoln as well as the Students Athlete Scholars club. Some of her hobbies are reading, writing, and going on trips. 

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