You expect me to keep up with records from another school? Surely you jest!
Technically, dual enrollment is when a student is attending more than one school at the same time. Your child could be attending the gifted program at your local school, or attending music classes at the high school. However, most parents use it to describe a student who is taking classes at their local college.
In homeschool circles, dual enrollment is seen as a sort of right of passage. After all, who would give up 9 consecutive semesters of free tuition? Well, I did. No I’m not wealthy. Nor was I unaware of the passage of time. I just wanted to be sure my daughter could handle college classes.
In the fall of 2001, I blithely dual enrolled our son at St. Petersburg College. All of his friends were going. He was doing well in his high school work. It was free tuition. End of discussion. He did fairly well and accumulated 35 credits by the time he graduated high school.
We only had a couple of problems. One class used an R rated movie for a group project. Our son was 16 at the time and so he went to the professor seeking alternatives since he was underage. I didn’t realize it at the time, but we were fortunate that the professor accommodated our request. Another professor used an inappropriate book for the class text. He would not accommodate our underage student and our son ended up transferring to another class.
By the time our daughter was 15, I had learned a few things. You are still responsible for keeping records, so keep the syllabus and samples of work. College work is high school work on steroids. They are considered honors courses. Your student has to be able to deal with students much older than they are. In our area, the median age of St. Petersburg College students is 28. Professors are not required to make accommodations for younger students, so you may have content issues. And you, the parent, are not the student. You have no rights on campus, even though your student is under age.
So, we waited…till her senior year. During her junior year, she had begun managing all of her FLVS course work on her own. She was teaching in our homeschool co-op. She was ready! She took the College Placement Test (SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for this test at SPC). I enrolled her for one class her first semester, with a professor I knew.
She has a 4.0. My baby has grown up!
by Linda Wooldridge, FPEA Relationship Ambassador. Linda has been homeschooling since 1998. She facilitates orientations for new homeschoolers in Pinellas County as well as coordinating high school activities for her support group.