Get A Head Start On College With Dual Enrollment
The state of Georgia offers a free opportunity to move beyond the high school classroom and get a head start on college. Dual Enrollment allows high school students of all grades to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. Dual Enrollment costs nothing except for the price of transportation and presents a great way to introduce high school students to college-level coursework.
The program has grown in popularity since its introduction in 2015 under the name Move On When Ready and now around 60 Lakeside students take at least one Dual Enrollment class. “Dual-Enrollment allows you to take more of the classes you want,” said junior Joshua Cartwright who takes classes at the Georgia State Dunwoody campus, “my schedule is much more flexible now because I don’t need to be at school until around 5 th period, and really takes away some of the stress of taking multiple AP classes instead.” Those who don’t participate in the program speak of it fondly as well. “It seems like a good opportunity,” said freshman Kamal Muhammad, “I would consider doing it. My only hesitation would be the different workload, but I think it’d be worth it.”
Students get to experience a college learning environment while also earning their high school dipoma.
Photo by Eric Fuqua
Around 73 total public, private, and technical schools in the state of Georgia offer classes to students through Dual Enrollment and each school has their own acceptance requirements. “This is close to my ideal school learning environment,” said junior Zoe Weiss who takes classes at Georgia Tech through the Dual Enrollment program, “I have had so much fun while learning at the same time.” Each school will have different rigors and meeting with your counselor can help you decide if Dual Enrollment works best for you. A semester at any college counts as one a whole year class here at Lakeside while also having the same weight as an AP class. Credits earned from passing a class are accepted at any Georgia university, but head counselor Yolandria Wyche suggests talking any out of state school to see if they accept these credits.
While offered to students in all grades nine through twelve, no ninth or tenth graders participate in the program. Dual Enrollment may be worth holding off on until your junior or senior year. “It is important to be in school full time,” said senior Julia Moreman started dual enrollment this year. “Taking dual Enrollment was hands down one of the best decisions I’ve made, but high school is where you get to build most of your friendships and relationships with teachers and starting dual enrollment earlier means you may miss out on part of your high school experience.” I wouldn’t have had the time to take some of the classes I would have wanted to take at Lakeside if I did Dual Enrollment,” said senior Katherine Spetseris who decided not to take any off-campus classes her senior year, “the colleges I was looking at also liked more AP’s over dual enrollment classes.”
Each school has a variety of different requirements, but almost all schools require that you have an ACT or SAT score when applying. College courses must be selected from the approved Dual Enrollment Course Directory located of GAfutures.org.