Hatboro-Horsham High School is proud to offer Dual Enrollment in multiple formats to all students. The program has recently expanded for students to potentially earn college credit while enrolled at Hatboro-Horsham High School at a reduced cost.
The WHAT: Dual enrollment affords high school students the opportunity to take college courses at a discounted price with the possibility of earning both high school and college credit, essentially being “dually enrolled.”
The WHERE: Dual enrollment courses can be taken either ON CAMPUS (at HHHS) or OFF CAMPUS (at a local college or virtually).
The WHY: There are a variety of different reasons students choose to participate in dual enrollment courses including wanting to experience a college-level course, taking a course in an area of interest not offered at HHHS, or attempting to earn college credits prior to entering college. This is a family decision and varies from student to student.
The HOW: It is very important to note that the transferability of dual enrollment credits depends on the institution the student attends after high school. Each college differs. Upon completion of the course, students should request an official transcript from the college granting the dual enrollment credit (not HHHS) and submit that college transcript to the college they will be attending after high school. The final transcript must be shared with HHHS to be included in course history and counted for credit requirements. It is also important to note that it is important to meet with your child’s guidance counselor to ensure an understanding of the credits that will count towards grade point average, and graduation requirements. These conversations should occur prior to registering for a class.
The paths for students to be considered dually enrolled:
- Concurrent enrollment (Dual Credit Program) - Concurrent Enrollment or Dual Credit programs allow high school students enrolled in a class taught at the high school to receive college credit. Any high school course offered for dual credit will have been approved by the appropriate academic department at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), Harrisburg University (CiHS), or Seton Hall University (Project Acceleration) as being comparable to the same course given on their respective campus. Dual credit differs from Advanced Placement in that the student does not take a national qualifying exam to receive the credit.
- Advanced Placement Courses - Advanced Placement is a curriculum developed by the College Board and taught at schools across the United States and internationally. Hatboro-Horsham offers 18 AP courses to give students the chance to tackle college-level work while they are still in high school. Students interested in earning college credit may take the AP exam at the end of the course. Colleges and universities determine what passing score they will accept in order to award credit. Hatboro-Horsham School District pays for one (1) exam, and all additional exams are at the student’s expense. Important note: there is an additional fee for students who take an AP course through VHS.
- Off-Campus Dual Enrollment - This program allows high school students to enroll in a class taught at local universities for college credit while still enrolled at HHHS. We are currently partnered with MCCC but will review other institutions individually. Approval of the Request for Outside Coursework form is required prior to registration.
- EASTERN Center Dual Enrollment – The EASTERN Center for Art and Technology (ECAT) is an often-overlooked option for students seeking post-secondary-level coursework. However, ECAT can provide a robust, practical curriculum that can also allow students to qualify for college credit. Opportunities vary depending on the program selected. Currently there are college credit options in Computer Networking & Cybersecurity, Allied Health, and Business Technology.
Grade Scale of Dual Enrollment/Credit classes?
A school entity must weight credits earned through the agreement in a manner like Advanced Placement (AP) Program, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program or Cambridge advanced courses in the school entity's grading system, including both academic and technical courses. Course weighting is determined locally by school entities.
What Determines if Credits Transfer?
There’s no set standard that outlines if credits can transfer between schools. While some programs have transfer agreements between them, the majority do not. A few institutions have developed their own proprietary credit transfer research tools to facilitate the process of credit approval. You may be able to get access to this tool at your program to forecast how many of your credits may transfer over.
Students and families should check with any (all) college/university that you may be applying to and ask about credit transfers.Here are a few sample tools you may utilize the following resources to determine if dual enrollment credit will transfer.
Individual college websites (below are 5 examples):
Lehigh University (scroll down to High School Dual Enrollment Programs)