Hello, I am currently in my Junior year of High School In Louisville, Kentucky. My school is only one of two in all of Kentucky that has a program that allows students to go on campus and take college classes just like I was if I was actually in college. We are partnered with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) and so far I have been taking three college courses (ENG 101, Hum 120, & FYE 105). If I stay in this program for the rest of my Junior year and Senior year I can potentially have an associates degree when I graduate High School. I will have to take more classes in the spring and take a few during summer but if I do I will have enough college credit hours for a degree.
With all that said, my main question is, how good will that look when I go to apply to colleges? Even if I don't get the full degree, I will only need maybe 2-3 more classes (3 credit hours each) to have a full associates degree. My school doesn't offer any AP courses but we do have plenty of duel credit courses and the on-campus experience (which I am in). Obviously AP courses look good but if I almost have a full associates degree coming out of High School, I would think college admissions would like that. Without the full degree I know not all of the credits will transfer over (unless I go to the University of Louisville) but even then I would think that the would like it that I have real college experience, not just a duel credit class. We get treated no different then the real college kids. Actually, most of our professors don't even know that we are High School kids.
I have not taken the ACT or SAT yet but I will be taking the ACT in December and then again in March to try to get a better score. I really want to go to the University of Miami (Hurricanes) but I know it's a long shot unless I get really good ACT scores and a good GPA. I only take two High School classes when I come back to the school so my GPA should be pretty good by the end of the year (as long as I do good in college).