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Dual Credit

What is Dual Credit?

The Southwest Preparatory School Dual Credit Program provides a rare opportunity for bright, capable, and motivated high school students to receive college credit while they are still enrolled in high school. One of the goals of the program is to provide a positive collegiate learning experience for participating high school juniors and seniors.

Enrollment in college courses, especially during the senior year, allows a student to avoid the part of American high school culture known as the "senior slump." While enjoying the traditional ceremonies and rites of passage that accompany the senior year, qualifying students may also enroll in college freshman level courses that will apply toward an Associate's Degree and/or university transfer. This saves time and money for students and parents.

Dual Credit 
Benefits and Challenges


Dual and Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students

Dual Credit is an opportunity for qualified junior and senior students to enroll in college courses that earn both high school graduation and college credit simultaneously.

Concurrent enrollment options provide college credit only for qualified high school junior and senior students.

Dual Credit is a platform that provides for a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education. It involves close collaboration between high school and college educators, on-going communication, structuring and planning for an integrated program of study. Dual credit and/or concurrent enrollment programs may be combined with Tech-Prep agreements.

Feedback from students who have been involved in the dual credit program indicates that students truly enjoy the interaction, involvement, interdisciplinary approach, and fun inherent in Academic Enrichment classes.


  • Provides a head start on postsecondary core requirements
  • Extends the variety of classes available to high school students
  • Allows shared resources--college library, fine art performances, career development services
  • Provides greater opportunity for a coordinated, seamless education
  • Serves as a "controlled" introduction to college life
  • Allows increased and easier transition to college


  • Transportation between high school and college campuses (Online courses available)
  • Differences in high school and college calendars
  • Occasional lack of student maturity, self-discipline and motivation for college classes