college in hs senior year

<p>What is this officially called: where a high school student goes to college for senior year (no high school attendance) and classes count toward both college and high school? (so technically not a college freshman, but not like taking dual enrollment classes in high school either) </p>

<p>And is there a downside to this kind of arrangement? It seems like a good deal.</p>

<p>Is there a list of colleges that have this program on this site?</p>

<p>Are you sure the student gets to count the credits twice?</p>

<p>Does the student continue to participate in high school athletics and ECs?</p>

<p>I've found one university/district that allows for credits to be counted toward both the high school and the university (if student then enrolls as freshman and continues studies there. Not a community college, a 4 year institution) I don't know about athletics and ec's, but seeing as the student would be attending the university fulltime, I wouldn't think so.</p>

<p>We have a separate high school in our district that does this - limited enrollment, where kids start freshmen in high school and graduate senior year with a diploma AND an associate's degree - so, during the four years (I'm not sure exactly when they start actual classes on campus) they take some of their classes in the small high school setting, some at the local 23,000 student university. </p>

<p>One of my son's friends just graduated from there - she was actually val and she will start at Miami of Ohio this fall as a junior - go figure.</p>

<p>There are a number of schools that accept students in lieu of junior and/or senior year. I believe they are they considered as transfer students if they want to go elsewhere. Bard College at Simon's Rock calls itself an "early college" as most students do not have a HS degree when they start. Many colleges will accept exceptional students before senior year, but it is not a formal program.</p>

<p>One downside is- not many merit scholarships for transfer students.</p>

<p>Our high school has a program where a junior can start to take classes at the local community college. It's called Running Start. Some students graduate in the same week with their high school diploma and an AA degree -- all with no fees or tuition!</p>

<p>One student I spoke to said she missed high school life. She missed her friends and things like pep assemblies. College life was too stark and business like (it is a commuter community college) with no hanging out time. </p>

<p>Another student -- a male -- said that Running Start saved his life. He was totally tired of high school life and loved the freedom of being in college classes. </p>

<p>Parents tend to love this program because of the bucks saved. I see that it can hugely impact EC's. It can be hard to participate in high school clubs and athletics if one spends all day or most of the day elsewhere. The students have to be very proactive to keep in touch with the high school so they know what and when things are happening (it's easy to miss the day that caps and gowns are ordered. . . or the day tickets go on sale for a popular event). </p>

<p>I would consider such a program for the student who isn't really connecting with high school life -- I can see where it could succeed well for the student who craved the next step -- but I'd be very wary of a situation where the parent craved saving a few bucks and pushed a kid into college courses early.</p>

<p>In the state of Ohio, there's a program call PSEO (post secondary enrollment option) where you can take classes at any public college in Ohio and your school district will pay for it. In my experience, and this can be done for just one class, or full-time. And with this, students can still do athletics and ecs and stuff, but it's just that scheduling is harder to manage. I believe Minnesota has a similar program.</p>

<p>DD did Running Start for her senior year after we moved the summer before. She was in a couple of clubs at the new school, took chorus there and played a couple sports. But it was not nearly the same as a high school experience. She is the type who did not care about that and is very self disciplined. About half of her courses that year were online, so you have to be really motivated to work on your own with no prods or reminders. </p>

<p>Her younger sister was at the high school and I volunteered there often, so we were able to keep up with deadlines for things like graduation orders, etc. She had a slight problem with the senior project adviser not keeping the RS students up to date, but we worked that out. </p>

<p>She had AP credits from her old high school and started as a sophomore and thus graduated in three years.</p>

<p>Many colleges and universities will not award credit for classes that were counted for HS graduation, so if you plan to transfer to a different school down the line, it can be a problem.</p>

<p>House Bill 149 (Move on When Ready) passed last year in Georgia allows this.</p>

<p>Another consideration is the mental/emotional capacity of the students who may graudate HS with a dual-Associates Degree, then move into the workforce fairly ill-prepared for what faces them there. I have heard of cases in NC where students go this route and become teachers, I for one wouldn't necessarily agree this would be an ideal situation for the new teacher or for his/her students.</p>

<p>Our school district offers what is called dual credit to juniors and seniors. Kids can take classes at either the community college or the 4 year university and grades/credits are recorded for both high school and college. Tuition and books are free for predetermined courses. (this is a different program from one called Early Admission - where the courses are NOT recorded on their high school transcripts and where all costs are paid for by the student. Kids pick this option if a course they are interested in is not one of the ones listed in the dual credit section). And, we also have an Early College STEM based school where kids will graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate's degree or up to 2 years of college course credits.</p>

<p>This arrangement has many names. Each state/college has different rules about how this works. My kids all did this and it worked well for them. They were quite glad to be able to move on as they were very ready to be done with high school. It did not interfere college scholarships as they were considered freshmen rather than transfer students (and my oldest did finish college early). </p>

<p>So, can it work? Sure can! Just depends on the student. </p>

<p>Do you have a specific question?</p>

<p>Joint enrollment courses taken at public universities in Georgia to satisfy HS curricular requirements also count as credits at University System of Georgia institutions. Most people don't take all their senior year classes at a college, but they could. A lot of students enter Georgia public colleges and universities with a year or more of credits in hand.</p>