Advanced Placement instead of Dual Enrollment
When considering the curriculum choices in secondary education, many question the benefits of Advanced Placement courses versus dual enrollment courses. A current trend in contemporary secondary education is to offer dual enrollment courses in high schools as an alternative to Advanced Placement courses.
A dual enrollment course is a college course that is taught in high school or at a local community college in lieu of the school’s traditional course. If the dual enrollment course is passed, the student earns two credits: one high-school credit and one college-level credit.
Advanced Placement courses require syllabi approval from the College Board and offer national exams in order to receive college credit. If the Advanced Placement course is passed, the student earns one high-school credit; however, college credit is determined by the score the student receives on the exam taken at the end of the course, according to each university’s policy.
Most educational leaders, counselors and college admissions personnel recognize that the Advanced Placement educational standards are higher than those of dual enrollment courses, which are frequently taught by community colleges and do not have to meet approved College Board guidelines. Dual enrollment credits and grades are often not accepted or transferable to more competitive institutions, private colleges and universities or out-of-state schools, while Advanced Placement credits are widely accepted by colleges and universities across the country. Many college admission offices view Advanced Placement courses as more challenging than dual enrollment courses and look favorably upon applicants who choose the more demanding Advanced Placement track.
Senior administrators at Trinity Christian Academy have carefully studied both options, gathering input from parents, students, counselors and college admissions personnel. After considering all of the data, Trinity Christian Academy has chosen to offer the Advanced Placement curriculum and not the dual enrollment option.