College-School Partnerships Offer Head Start on Higher Education

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I was fortunate enough to speak at a home school creative learning center last night and came away with a not surprising conclusion. Many high schoolers and their families have made the solid choice to have students take college courses while in high school and/or proceed to a community college, obtain an associate degree and matriculate to a four year. The Homeschool Association of California describes it this way, “The line between high school and college need not be a sharp one. It is possible for teenagers to enroll in classes at community colleges and at four-year colleges and universities. The process at community colleges is called concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, special enrollment, or something similar.  The procedures vary from college to college. Typically a form is provided for applying for concurrent enrollment. This form will require the signatures of several people, including the student, a parent, one or two high school officials, and one or more college officials.” This idea is certainly not exclusive to homeschoolers. Here is an article by Maria Glod in today’s Washington Post that further confirms this dual enrollment,

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/05/AR2009050503737.html?wprss=rss_education

Reasons may very well be financial – completing your education quicker and moving into a career is certainly motivating.  It may also be quality of education or that kids are absorbing so much information so quickly that they hunger for more and better.

Stay tuned ~

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