Dual Credit

D303 high school students have a variety of ways to earn college credit while still in high school.


Early College Credit Night was held on November 30 at St. Charles East. Information was presented about Advanced Placement (AP), Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC), and Elgin Community College (ECC) & College of DuPage (COD) dual credit options. If you were unable to attend, please view this slideshow from the evening.

Full Time Dual Credit Program at ECC

The Full Time Dual Credit program provides several full-time program options. Qualified high school juniors and seniors enroll in a minimum of 12 college credits each semester. These courses meet the postsecondary requirements of the general education core curriculum as well as high school graduation requirements. Families are responsible for paying $200 in ten equal payments per year. ($1800 ECC Early Bird) (See specific district program agreement for cost details.) Students work in partnership with the ECC Academic Advising Office and their high school counselor to choose the appropriate transferable courses.


Senior Pathway includes a prescribed list of college courses allowing students to complete up to 32 college credits. The courses included are aligned with the general education requirements of a transfer degree.


Junior Pathway provides students with a more personalized academic plan to earn both their high school diploma and an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree (at least 60 credit hours) by the end of their senior year.


Program Qualifications:

    • Current sophomore or junior at the time of application.

    • Demonstrate college-readiness based upon PSAT/SAT/ACT and/or ECC placement tests in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

    • Good attendance record.

    • Successful completion of entrance interview conducted at home high school.


Is full-time dual credit a good option for you?

    • Students are beginning the start of their college education. This will result in an official college transcript.

    • Students need the maturity and strong time management skills to complete assignments and plan ahead for exams, projects and papers.

    • Reliable transportation is an important consideration.

Dual Credit Program Guide

Dual Credit Application Guide

Part Time Dual Credit Program at ECC

Qualified juniors and seniors enroll in 2-3 college courses each semester. Courses are selected from a variety of academic disciplines, including general education and career and technical education (CTE) programs (i.e. fire science, certified nursing assistant, paralegal, etc.).


Students choose courses with the help of high school counselor to ensure courses selected meet high school requirements. The school district and high school approve enrollment of their students. Enrollment is limited.


The district pays 50% tuition and textbooks, families are responsible for paying the other 50%. See district program agreement for details. Students are responsible for transportation and non textbook course supplies.


Options & Qualifications:


General Education Courses

    • Class options available in the ECC Dual Credit Application Guide: Parents and Students

    • Current high school sophomore or junior at the time of application

    • maximum of 7 credit hours each semester (including in high school dual credit courses)

    • Students choose courses based on academic interests or goals

    • Course options are pre-selected by ECC and D303 to ensure courses meet high school graduation requirements

    • Courses meet part of the General Education Core Curriculum requirements for a two-year college degree, which may transfer to a four-year college

    • Participation in high school activities may be limited

    • Demonstrate college-readiness based upon PSAT/SAT/ACT and/or ECC placement tests. Readiness requirements depend on ECC course prerequisites. See the ECC Dual Credit Application Guide: Parents and Students for specific requirements


Career-Technical Education Courses

    • Class options available in the ECC Dual Credit Application Guide: Parents and Students

    • Current high school sophomore or junior at the time of application

    • Students choose a CTE program of study

    • Course options are offered on the ECC campus

    • Each program includes courses from an Associate in Applied Science degree

    • Credits earned may not transfer to a baccalaureate program

    • Prepares students for careers and /or employment in a career or technical area

    • Course options have been pre-selected by ECC and D303

    • Participation in high school activities may be limited

    • Some programs and courses require students demonstrate college-readiness skills. See the ECC Dual Credit Application Guide: Parents and Students for specific requirements


Is part-time dual credit a good option for you?

    • Students complete the majority of coursework at Elgin Community College’s main campus.

    • Participation in high school activities might be limited because of commitment to college-level courses.

    • Students are beginning the start of their college education. This will result in an official college transcript.

    • Students need the maturity and strong time management skills to complete assignments and plan ahead for exams, projects and papers.

    • Students enrolled in part-time dual credit courses should recognize that class meeting times and locations may vary depending on the course/program. Review the class schedule carefully when making registration decisions.

    • Reliable transportation is an important consideration.

Dual Credit Program Guide

Dual Credit Application Guide

In High School Dual Credit Courses

Students take courses at the high school, taught by D303 staff and earn college credit. Students may take up to seven (7) credit hours per semester. There is a course fee of $50. See the course agreement for details. Please see the course offering guide or your counselor for qualifications, prerequisites, or more information.

Current Offerings

ACC 100: Introductory Accounting

CMS 101: Fundamentals of Speech

ENG 101: English Composition I

ENG 102: English Composition II

FASH 1210: Fashion Studies

HOS 101: Intro to the Hospitality Industry

MTH 102: General Education Statistics

Required Steps

  1. Meet with your counselor to discuss your interest and how this would look in your schedule for next year.

  2. Complete the appropriate Fee Agreement. (This can be obtained from your counselor or from the links listed below.) Return the Fee Agreement to your counselor or the College and Career Readiness Office. Fee Agreements will be available in mid-January.

  3. Complete the appropriate (ECC or COD) online application. The application must be completed by Feb. 10, 2023.

  4. After applying you will receive information on placement testing. Placement Tests must be completed by Feb. 24, 2023. (If you have qualifying ACT/SAT/PSAT scores, you may submit those to your counselor or the CCR Office in lieu of testing.)

  5. Students and parents/guardians will be notified of admission by Mar. 3, 2023.

Resources

ECC Dual Credit Program Guide: Parents and Students

ECC Dual Credit Application Guide: Parents and Students

Full Time Dual Credit Program Agreement (Fee Agreements will be available in mid-January)

Part Time Dual Credit Program Agreement (Fee Agreements will be available in mid-January)

In High School Dual Credit Course(s) Agreement (Fee Agreements will be available in mid-January)