Valley Christian High School’s dual credit program began in 2011 and is similar to models used by other high schools and colleges around the nation. Dual credit allows high school students to earn both high school and college credits while in high school.
How Our Classes are Approved to Earn College Credit
A VCHS teacher is reviewed and approved by the partner college/university to serve as an adjunct professor. This means that the VCHS teacher must hold a master’s degree and sufficient teaching experience to be qualified to teach at the college level.
Next, the high school course materials and content are carefully reviewed to confirm that the course taught at Valley Christian High School is of the same content and rigor as the course taught at the partner college/university. This can occur because most high school classes are spread out over the entire school year, whereas college courses are taught in just one semester. There are even some VCHS semester-long classes that cover the same material as a college-level class. VCHS may add some content and design how the material will be taught, as long as the course includes content and skills required at the partner college/university.
Finally, VCHS reviews each possible offering to determine how it might benefit our students. Courses that can fulfill general education coursework at most colleges are targeted. College counselors provide strategic advice on how each dual credit class might help students reach their college goals.
How to Sign Up
Students who have the opportunity to take a class for college credit are notified. VCHS is committed to educating families on the benefits and cost analysis of enrolling in a course for dual credit. Students are not required to sign up for the college credit option and are able to take any dual credit class for the normal high school graduation credit without college credit.
Once a student has decided to take the class for dual credit, the student must enroll at the partner college/university—the teacher will help explain how to enroll at the school. The dual credit fee is paid directly to VCHS.
The student completes the coursework during the regular school day. All coursework is submitted to the VCHS teacher.
At the end of the course, the teacher submits the grade earned in the class to the partner college/university. Students must contact the college/university directly to order a transcript—they are not automatically generated.