Expensive pre-college programs or college courses are all the rage with parents and students these days, but should they be? High school students often wonder how to make the most of their summer vacation: take courses at a ‘prestigious university’ or pursue local, and often cheaper, options? In the third of a series of beachfront advice posts to celebrate summer, we have the answers that will ensure you weigh the pros and cons of each option.
Dual or concurrent enrollment allows high school students to take college level classes at a local community college or their high school and use the units to satisfy both high school and college requirements. The practice has seen a steep rise in popularity in recent years; yet, the jury is still out as to whether or not dual enrollment is good for high school students. While in theory concurrent enrollment sounds like a win-win for students, has enough research been done into potential dangers of minors taking classes alongside adult students?
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Many students, particularly strong ones, find themselves finished or close to finished all of their high school graduation requirements by the end of junior (11th grade) year. As a result high schools often offer seniors (12th grade students) in high school the option of attending school part time as long as graduation requirements are met. Don’t be seduced by this options that may bring short term pleasure but long term challenges.
Imagine a barn door that never closes. When a college practices Open Admissions the college admits all applicants with a high school diploma or GED, although some programs, such as nursing, might limit enrollment. In addition to an easy path into the college, Open Admission colleges often accept students right up until classes begin each term.