Dual Enrollment Program

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  • Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high school students to earn college credit for courses they are taking in high school. The courses are taught by high school faculty who meet the credentials to each college-level courses. The teachers follow the college curriculum, use college approved textbooks, and with a mentor who is a full-time college faculty member, to ensure they are delivering a college-level course.

    In the spring of 2012, legislation (HB 1184) was passed that "Requires local school boards and community colleges to develop agreements allowing high school students to complete an associate's degree or a one-year Uniform Certificate of General Studies from a community college concurrent with a high school diploma."

    In addition, The Uniform Certificate of General Studies (HB 441); clarifies that credits earned in academic subject area coursework as part of the Uniform Certificate of General Studies shall be transferable to a four-year public institution of higher education. Students interested in attending private or colleges outside of Virginia should contact that college's admission's office regarding their dual enrollment policies.

    ACPS has been working with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to create both a one-year General Studies Certificate and identify possible Associate Degree programs students could pursue while in high school. The chart on page 27 of the Program of Studies identifies the course requirements for the General Studies Certificate and courses offered at TC Williams that students can take to meet these requirements.

    The Certificate can be earned through a combination of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses, however, at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the credits must be earned via dual enrollment.

    Students interested in pursing an Associate Degree while in high school should work with their counselor and NOVA to identify appropriate courses. Information about specific degree programs can be found on NOVA's website.


    For all Dual Enrollment courses students need to:

    1. Apply to NOVA

    2. Complete the Intent Form

    3. Complete any required testing


    If you have any questions talk to your counselor, or Ms. Coffman, DE & Academy Coordinator (michele.coffman@acps.k12.va.us)