Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment, referred to as “concurrent enrollment” in the Pennsylvania School Code, is an initiative to allow a broader range of students to experience post-secondary coursework and its increased academic rigor, while still in the supportive environment of their local high school.  The intent is to increase the number of students that go on to post-secondary education and to decrease the need for remedial coursework at post-secondary institutions.  All post-secondary courses carry a weighted grade.

Dual enrollment is a locally administered program that allows a secondary student to concurrently enroll in post-secondary courses (college) and to receive both secondary and post-secondary credit for that coursework.  The local programs are run through partnerships between school entities and eligible post-secondary institutions.  Students can take collegiate level courses at local participating colleges.  Colleges in our area that participate are Penn State Behrend, Gannon University, Edinboro University, and Mercyhurst University.  

Dual Enrollment Criteria & Procedure
  • The student is a high school junior or senior.
  • Complete a Dual Enrollment application through guidance prior to scheduling dual enrollment classes.
  • The student is making satisfactory progress toward fulfilling graduation requirements as determined by the school district, including progress on the Culminating Graduation Project (CGP). 
  • The student has scored at least proficient on the PSSA assessment and/or 4Sight testing.
  • The student demonstrates readiness for college-level coursework in the intended subject area of study, as determined by the college. The college will determine readiness based on high school GPA, SAT scores, and/or completed specific college level courses.
  • Case by case review by home school principal/counselor using grades, curriculum, and completed PSSA scores and/or 4Sight scores along with recommendation of core curriculum course teacher.
  • Maintenance of a secondary school grade point average of 3.0 or above in the applicable area of study. Maintenance of 3.0 GPA in each dual enrollment course from prior semesters.     
  • No disciplinary referrals year prior to application.
  • Allowable collegiate courses:
    • English, Reading, Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Sciences
    • Foreign Language
    • Civics, Government, Economics
    •  Arts
    • Geography
    • History
  • Once approved by the high school staff, it is the student/parent responsibility to complete the college enrollment process including all financial obligations.