Ever wanted to skip a class in college, but didn’t want to take an extra class during high school? Have no fear, dual-credit is here!
Dual-credit courses are weighted high school classes which also count as college credits. They’ll help your GPA look better if/when you do well in that specific class. So, for example, one of the classes offered as dual-credit is English. If you want to add a college credit as well as finish your senior year class, you can take dual-credit English, which will complete your high school requirement + a credit boost for college.
Another benefit of dual-credit classes are that they’re much cheaper than college classes – going back to the English example: college tuition can be spendy these days, but in high school, the same course costs fifty dollars total.
Here is one local high school example: At Sycamore High School, the dual-credit courses offered are as follows: Dual-Credit English, College Algebra (First Semester), College Trigonometry (Second Semester), General Biology, Government/Civics, and U.S. History, with possible extra classes being offered at Kishwaukee Community College depending on the year. College Algebra, College Trig, and General Biology are all offered as junior or senior courses, but English, Government/Civics, and U.S. History all must be taken senior year.
Senior year is the ideal year to take a dual-credit class if you wish to take one, most obviously because you’ll be heading off to college the next year, and you’ll be more likely to remember the information. That doesn’t mean junior year is a terrible idea, but you can forget things over a two-year period, which could mean retaking the class (and I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like paying twice – and ten times as much – for a class I already passed).
If you pass the dual-credit course, you are exempt from taking that particular course in college. You may have to take the next level of the class, however, depending on your field of study. Say you take General Biology and if you want to be a biologist, you’ll get to jump into the next level class your freshman year, but you can check the General Biology class off your list in college.
I hope you have a better understanding of dual-credit courses now! Good luck in your college search (and don’t forget to choose Shining Moments Photography for your senior pictures!)
Know the Writer: Emma Doering is a sophomore at Sycamore High School, and right now is interested in studying Education and English Studies with an emphasis in Digital Film + Screenwriting. She has a passion for creative writing, reading, traveling, performing, and singing. When she isn’t practicing for musicals, Orchesis, or choir, she is hanging with friends or just relaxing at home with a good book. And yes, she loves Shining Moments Photography and has all her images taken with SMP! 😉
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