Skip to main content

High School Programs

Dual Enrollment

What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and Accelerated?

Dual enrollment refers to a student who receives both high school and college credit for a particular course taught at the high school or on a JSCC campus during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semester. The purpose of Dual Enrollment is to allow eligible high school students to enroll in college classes concurrently with high school classes to receive both high school and college credit. Students within the Accelerated program take college level courses in addition to their high school course load. They do not receive high school credit for the college courses.

What are the benefits of dual enrollment?

Students can earn high school and college credit simultaneously
Students gain an early start on achieving an Associate or Baccalaureate degree
Students are considered JSCC students and are allowed access to all services provided by the institution
Dual enrollment courses enrich course opportunities and academic rigor for high school students
Dual enrollment students avoid unnecessary duplication of course work
Students who complete dual enrollment increase their flexibility when scheduling courses at a four-year institution
Dual enrollment shortens the time to attain a college degree
Students and parents save money because JSCC’s tuition is less expensive than most universities
Students can complete college courses transferrable to a four-year institution
Grades earned through dual enrollment will become part of a student’s permanent high school record and college transcript

What are the objectives of dual enrollment?

To facilitate seamless transition between the high school and college classroom
Provide an opportunity for students to take core curriculum requirements while still enrolled in high school so that course duplication might be eliminated
Provide additional opportunities for college-bound students to embrace academic challenged
Provide an opportunity for high school students to work toward a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree
Provide additional opportunities for career and technical education students to gain college credit

Should I participate in dual enrollment instead of AP options?

Always follow the recommendation of your current teachers for curriculum choices. Students have the benefit of AP or Dual Enrollment to begin earning college credit prior to high school graduation. Please remember that dual enrollment begins a student's college transcript; unlike AP coursework where the grades do not go with the student to college but credit is awarded based on a specific university's score acceptance policy and how the student performs on the course specific AP examination. However, students that successfully complete their dual enrollment coursework are guaranteed college credit and do not rely upon an end of course assessment to be awarded college credit.

Is the coursework challenging?

As college-level instruction, dual enrollment courses are rigorous courses that represent one of the accelerated mechanisms by which high school students can advance their course of study and post-secondary goals. Dual enrollment faculty must have college-level teaching credentials and eligible students must prove college readiness evidenced by their GPA and maturity.

Is dual enrollment right for everyone?

The dual enrollment program is an opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate educational opportunities. Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses will save time toward their college degree. Students should understand, however, that dual enrollment courses are college courses and the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses may be much greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript and are calculated into a student’s permanent College GPA. It is important to do well in these courses to realize the benefits of dual enrollment.

Home School Associations

What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and Accelerated?

Dual Enrollment is when a student takes a college level course and receives college credit and high school credit concurrently. Their High School GPA and college GPA are both impacted from the student’s performance in the college-level class. Accelerated classes are college-level classes that students take in addition to their high school courses. Typically, Accelerated students are those that want exposure to college courses without it affecting their high school GPA while getting a head start on their college coursework. 

How will I know if my cover school has a Dual Enrollment Agreement with Jeff State?

We can only have agreements with home schools/cover schools whose physical address is within our service area. Our service area includes Shelby County, Chilton County, St. Clair County, and Jefferson County. You can e-mail dualenrollment@jeffersonstate.edu and inquire if your home school’s cover school currently has an Agreement with us.

My home school does not operate under a cover school. What do I do?

If your home school does not have a cover school but the physical address of the home school is within our service area (Shelby County, Chilton County, St. Clair County, Jefferson County) please contact dualenrollment@jeffersonstate.edu to inquire about our Dual Enrollment Agreement. Please verify your physical address and the estimate of students interested in taking dual enrollment courses. Since home schools no longer require a cover school, we are able to offer our dual enrollment agreement to independent home schools.