There are limitless possibilities for course combinations during the high school years. Between taking core courses, electives, practical skills, personal interests and areas of specialization toward future goals, high schooling can be customized in so many different ways.
In addition to grade-level experiences, some teens also enjoy adding college courses into the high school mix.
Attending college early — while still in high school – is a great way to access advanced material.
It can also result in earning college credit, too!
Here are 3 ways for homeschoolers to earn college credit while in high school. Though each has its pros and cons, they all yield the same result — college credit BEFORE high school graduation.
The first method is using CLEP examinations. Students learn course material using any number of methods, then register to take exams in any of 33 different areas covered by CLEP. Students able to demonstrate mastery with a passing score earn college credit in each particular area. Those courses do not need to be repeated once the student gets to college.
Another way to earn early college credit is by taking AP exams. When preparing for AP (Advanced Placement) exams, students take very rigorous courses in high school, and must pass corresponding AP examinations for every AP course attempted. Passing scores on AP tests can result in college credit at many institutions.
A final way to get college credits during high school is by participating in a district- and state-approved dual enrollment program. By taking courses on a local college campus, homeschoolers will receive the same education as college students do, plus earn credit for all courses completed there. Credits earned may be applied toward an eventual college degree, and in most cases, will never need to be repeated in the future.
Bear in mind that college is not for everyone, and not all teens may be ready for college-level work while in high school. But for those who are, earning early college credit is an excellent way to gain access to advanced courses, decrease the number of credits needed to finish a degree and save money (in tuition costs) in the long run.
Would you like to know more about early college credit and dual enrollment?
Join me on Monday as I discuss dual enrollment on the Vintage Homeschool Moms program, with host Felice Gerwitz.
Listen LIVE on Monday, August 25, 2014 at noon EST, and bring your questions!