Dual Enrollment Overview
Information Regarding Dual Enrollment at Fayette County Schools
The Dual Enrollment Program provides for students who are dual credit enrolled at Fayette County Schools. These students take postsecondary coursework for credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary requirements. The program is offered during all terms of the school year; fall, spring, and summer semesters or fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters. There is an annual process (steps) that MUST be completed by all students interested in participating in the dual enrollment program as a Fayette County student.
There are several benefits for students who participate in Dual Enrollment:
- Introduces students to college-level coursework.
- Earning college credits while still in high school may enable students to graduate early and/or possibly even earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate.
- Helps students adjust to certain aspects of the college experience (e.g., classes, coursework, instruction, being on a college campus) so the transition from high school to college may be easier.
- Students who participate in a dual enrollment program are more likely to go to college and get a college degree.
- Students may be able to take classes that are not offered at their high school, especially in subjects they are interested in for a potential career.
- Participating in a dual enrollment program demonstrates a student’s ability to handle more difficult coursework, which is something college admissions officers may look upon favorably during admissions and recruiting.
- Taking college-level classes while still in high school may build confidence and encourage those students who may not be thinking about college to reconsider.
The DE program allows students to pursue post-secondary studies at approved public and private colleges and technical colleges while receiving dual high school and college credit for courses successfully completed. Courses pursued by students under this program must come from the approved course directory available at the Georgia Futures website (www.gafutures.org) which is supplied to high school counselors in the state.
To participate in the Dual Enrollment program, students sign an advisement form with their high school counselor, meet the admissions requirements at the postsecondary institution of their choice and make satisfactory academic progress. Interested students should see their high school counselor and visit gafutures.org for program information and the application.
Important Information to Know:
Each college has its own entrance requirements (SAT or ACT score, GPA, etc). You may find that information on the college website.
Dropping a college class required for graduation from high school may result in failure to graduate from high school on time.
Impact of Dual Enrollment on HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship:
- Dual credit enrollment hours taken at a postsecondary institution, under which DE payments have been made, are not counted as attempted hours, nor included in the combined paid-hours limit.
- Core courses are included in the student’s HOPE high school GPA for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility determinations.
- Core courses taken as dual enrollment meet HOPE Academic Rigor requirements and are given a weight of 0.5.
Communication between the college and high school counselor is crucial whenever changes are made to a student’s schedule. There is corresponding paperwork from the high school, college and Georgia Student Finance Commission that must be completed to participate in the program.
Students participating in the Dual Enrollment program are required to take all appropriate EOCs. Due to testing windows, this may interfere with a student’s college schedule.
For more information about the Dual Enrollment Program, go to www.gafutures.org and consult your high school counselor.