Advanced Academic Programs

   

Dual Enrollment Program

Dual enrollment is an acceleration mechanism that allows students to pursue an advanced curriculum relevant to their individual postsecondary interests. According to the U.S. Department of Education (Promoting College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment, 2016), college credit earned prior to high school graduation reduces the average time ­to degree and increases the likelihood of graduation for the students who participate in these programs. There is also evidence that dual enrollment increases academic performance and educational attainment.  According to research conducted by Karp and Hughes (2008), participation in dual enrollment can lead to improved academic outcomes, especially for students from low-income backgrounds and first-generation college students.  Other studies (An, 2012 and Karp, Calcagno, Hughes, & Bailey, 2007) suggest that participation in dual enrollment can lead to better grades in high school, increased enrollment in college following high school, higher rates of persistence in college, greater credit accumulation, and increased rates of credential attainment.  In M-DCPS, schools have partnered with Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, University of Florida, and St. Thomas University to provide additional opportunities for students to participate in Dual Enrollment on the high school campus, on the college/university campus, and during the summer term.  For additional information about Florida’s Dual Enrollment Program, visit: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/higher-ed/fl-college-system/academic-student-affairs/dual-enrollment.stml

 

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