The Advanced Placement test program is traced back to Kenyon College, which started it as a pilot program in the 1950s with the goal of shortening the timeline for obtaining a bachelor’s degree. AP Tests enable high school students to earn credits based on their performance on a test. However, AP classes and corresponding tests are not the only option.
Growing in popularity since the 2000s, dual enrollment courses accomplish the same goal, but instead of earning credits through a one-time test, students earn credits through exemplary class performance in a college-level course.
Eastern Christian School was an early adopter of Seton Hall University’s Project Acceleration program, a dual enrollment model. Under this model, Seton Hall certifies qualified EC teachers as adjunct professors (minimum requirement is a master’s in an approved discipline and state certification) and reviews and approves courses and class curriculum. College credits earned with the program are accepted at more than 200 colleges and universities.
For those wanting to know more, here are some FAQs about PA:
What EC courses are dual enrollment?
- Advanced Biology (3 credits)
- Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits)
- Physics Honors (4 credits)
- Chemistry Honors (3 credits)
- Calculus (4 credits)
- Calculus 2 (4 credits)
- Advanced Composition (3 credits)
- English 3 Honors (3 credits)
- English 4 Honors (3 credits)
- US History 1 Honors (3 credits)
- US History 2 Honors (3 credits)
What does Project Acceleration cost?
Each college credit costs $105 through Project Acceleration (most courses earn between 3-4 credits). By comparison, Seton Hall University’s on-campus undergraduate rate is $1420 per credit.
How are the credits applied for transfer purposes?
Students request a transcript directly from Seton Hall University in order for their PA credits to be received and reviewed by their prospective college.
How many EC students take advantage of dual enrollment courses?
The Academic & College Counseling office estimates an average of 36 students take at least one dual enrollment course each semester.
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