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High School

Dual Credit Opportunities



About Dual Credit

Courses designated for dual credit allow a student to receive both high school credit toward a diploma and also college credit from a specified institution. Eastern Christian high school has dual credit courses which are offered in an online format and also dual credit courses which are offered in our classrooms in partnership with Seton Hall University in our Project Acceleration program (see description below). Upon completion of a course, the student receives credits on a college transcript. These credits transfer to most colleges but their transferability is ultimately decided by the college which the student attends. The college credit cost is greatly reduced and paid for by parents.

Online courses for dual credit are offered in partnership with King’s College (NY) and Calvin College (MI). Examples include Latin, Economics, Writing, Logic, Quantitative Reasoning, and the Fantasy and Science Fiction of C.S. Lewis.

Project Acceleration: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Project Acceleration?
Project Acceleration is a dual enrollment program with Seton Hall University which enables students to begin the challenge of taking college courses while in high school. Students can earn up to 33 college credits while still enrolled in high school. Eastern Christian High School Project Acceleration teachers are state-certified and serve as adjunct professors at Seton Hall University. Project Acceleration teachers hold a master’s degree in their area of expertise.

What courses are included in Project Acceleration?
Courses include:
Calculus (4 credits)
Honors Chemistry (3 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)
Honors Physics (4 credits)
Advanced Biology (3 credits)
Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits)

How much does Project Acceleration cost?
Each college credit costs $75 through Project Acceleration. Seton Hall University’s on-campus undergraduate rate is $1200 per credit. This program may allow students to accumulate enough credits to graduate a semester early, resulting in substantial savings on college tuition.

How are the credits applied for transfer purposes?
When students apply to college, they request a transcript directly from Seton Hall University in order for their Project Acceleration credits to be received and reviewed by the prospective college.

What are the differences between a Project Acceleration and an Advanced Placement course?

Project Acceleration Advanced Placement
Learning
  • Concept-driven
  • Course terminates in June

(10 months)

  • Test-driven
  • Early May test date

(8 months)

Credits
  • Credits granted with a C or above earned in class
  • Credits granted with an AP exam score of 3, 4, or 5
Teacher Qualifications
  • State certified
  • Master’s degree
  • Adjunct professor
  • State certified

Where can I get additional information on dual credit and Advanced Placement courses?

A number of elite private schools have opted to provide dual credit courses rather than advanced placement courses. For additional information the following links may be helpful:

High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize
Demoting Advanced Placement
Rethinking Advanced Placement
Elite School Will Expel AP Classes
Seton Hall University Project Acceleration


 

Online Learning

Our Online Learning Mission

It is the mission of our Eastern Christian Online Learning Programs to provide quality alternative learning environments and options which expand opportunities and increase flexibility to develop twenty-first century skills in a Christian context.

Our Beliefs

  • We believe that each student is uniquely created and designed by God to grow into a mature follower of Jesus Christ called to be a person of Christian vision and influence.
  • We believe that each student can benefit from engaging culture, both familiar and unfamiliar, and do so with confidence that God is in control.
  • We believe that, because all truth is God’s truth, technology can be a valuable learning tool best employed in partnership between a student and Christian learning coach in seeking truth.
  • We believe that each person grows and learns best when s/he participates in an personal relationship with a learning coach who oversees and encourages student-centered learning.
  • We believe that a rich personalized digital learning environment can offer differentiated instruction designed to offer strategic learning experiences designed to match a student’s learning style.
  • We believe that online learning can be an effective personalized intervention tool for struggling learners.

What is Online Learning?

Online learning is essentially education which is delivered when teacher and student are separated by time, geographical space, or both. When the primary technological medium for accomplishing the delivery of instruction is the computer, an online course is being used. Online courses can be accessed over the world-wide web or via a portable storage device like a CD-ROM.

Is Online Learning effective?

As online education becomes increasingly widespread, there is a growing body of research which supports the effectiveness of this medium of instruction. The summative conclusion of several studies is that distance learners achieve similar learning outcomes to traditional learners.

Terminology

Credit recovery courses: online courses for students who fail a course

Online courses : online courses the school does not offer in a traditional classroom setting. Examples include:

  • Designated foreign languages
  • Accounting/Entrepreneurship

General Practices

  • Online courses are NOT offered for subjects provided traditionally in the EC classroom.
  • Students may enroll in a maximum of two online courses while enrolled at EC and only one online course at a time. Credit recovery courses are not included in this count.
  • Only credit recovery courses may be taken in the summer.
  • Dates for the start and end of the online course are to be determined by the dean.
  • Online courses result in a grade on the EC transcript from an accredited online provider. The earned grade will not impact the student’s cumulative GPA. These credits are equally valid when evaluated by colleges and universities.

Student Eligibility for Online Courses

  • Must be in 11th or 12th grade, unless taking a credit recovery course.
  • To be eligible for a foreign language online course, students must have completed four courses of one foreign language in a traditional classroom setting.
  • Must sign this document and a contract which acknowledges agreement with behavioral expectations

Expectations for Students

  • Students are expected to use the block allocated for their online course.
  • Students are expected to meet with the EC online coach as required by the coach.
  • Students are expected to share their username and password information with the EC online coach for accountability purposes.
  • Students may use their own computer or a computer provided by the school.

Expectations for Parents

  • For online courses, parents are expected to make a $350 deposit which is paid only when a student fails to complete the course or withdraws after the initial grace period.
  • Credit recovery courses are paid in advance in full by parents.

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