Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment programs (often referred to as DE) provide opportunities for Georgia high school students to take college-level courses and earn credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit courses are available for eligible 10th - 12th grade high school students. Students are only allowed to take Academic core courses (at 2 or 4 year colleges –including technical colleges) OR approved CTAE courses (at Technical Colleges). No fine arts are PE courses are allowed as part of the dual enrollment program.

State regulations

Beginning in summer 2020, students are limited to a total of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours paid through the Dual Enrollment program. Any hours above those caps must be funded through a different source or self-paid. Self-paid dual enrollment can utilize 529 funds.

Any 11th or 12th who meets admissions requirements may apply, however, 10th graders must meet the requirements for the Zell Miller scholarship to take academic courses. The Zell Miller scholarship requires a HOPE GPA of 3.7 or higher and an SAT score in one sitting of 1200 or and ACT score in one sitting of 26 or higher. Requirements for CTAE classes at technical colleges are different for students planning to complete a diploma or degree program.

Program requirements, admissions requirements, deadlines, and required documents at each college are different. It is up to the student to find out the requirements for the college where they would like to earn credit.

Most colleges require SAT or ACT scores, so it is recommended that students take these tests at least a month before the admissions deadline.

The schools we typically have students take Dual Enrollment courses at are:

Students intending to complete a diploma or certificate (not an associate degree) program at a technical college may be eligible for the Dual Enrollment Option B. The advisors at Athens Tech can help you determine if this applies to your situation.

Step 1: Parents and students need to have a conversation about if Dual Enrollment is a wise choice – fee free to include your counselor in these discussion if you would like to. We recommend that you attend one of our dual enrollment info sessions. We have one in September and one in February (as part of the FYI Fair). Just because it is funded by the state, does not mean it is a good option for every student.

Some important discussion points for students to consider:

  • Are you prepared for the responsibility and rigor of college courses?
  • Are you prepared to have your entire course grade based on a handful of quizzes, tests, or papers?
  • Do you check school email regularly? Your college will assign you and email and it will be the ONLY way your professors will communicate with you.
  • Are you mature enough to go to class regularly or in the case of online classes, log onto your class daily?
  • Do you ask teachers for help when needed or do you wait for them to reach out to you?
  • Do you have reliable transportation to get to class?
  • Are you aware that poor grades in a dual enrollment class can impact graduation, high school GPA and HOPE GPA?
  • Can you make a commitment to staying in the classes you begin? If you drop more than 2 dual enrolled classes after they begin, you will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Important points for parents to consider (in addition to the above):

  • Your high school student will be in class with students of all ages.
  • Failing grades in Dual Enrollment courses can keep your student from graduating on time.
  • Professors WILL NOT talk to you about your student’s grade in their class. If your student needs this type of oversight, dual enrollment is not a good choice.
  • Some colleges will allow students to grant permission to parents to access their course grades. We HIGHLY recommend you require your student to do this as a part of your conditions for them to dual enroll.

Step 2: Decide where to apply. Look at the admissions requirements for schools to see which schools you may be eligible for (you can use the links at the top). Make sure you will be able to meet all the requirements

Step 3: Apply to the school(s) you have chosen

Step 4: Submit required documents. All schools require a transcript, which the OCHS Counselors can send for you. Either email your counselor or stop by in person to make that request.

All SAT and ACT scores must be sent from the College Board or ACT directly to the college you are applying to.

Additional Documents required by each school:

  • University of North Georgia – requires Proof of Lawful Presence. This can be either a photo of your Driver’s License emailed to admissions OR you can take a certified copy of your birth certificate by the admissions office
  • Athens Technical College – requires a Dual Enrollment permission form to be signed by you, your parent and your counselor. ATC will also allow students without SAT or ACT scores to be admitted if they have a HOPE GPA or 2.6 or higher or you can take the ACCUPLACER test at Athens Tech
  • University of Georgia – requires Proof of Lawful Presence, a letter of support from a parent, an interview, and attendance at a mandatory orientation session.
  • Georgia Military College – will allow you to take the ACCUPLACER in place of SAT Or ACT scores
  • Georgia Tech- Distance Calculus requires a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam

Step 4: The student and parent needs to complete the Dual Enrollment Funding Application. A GTID is not required if the student uses their social security number. After the student completes their portion of the application, they will send their parent information to complete the parent portion. BOTH portions must be completed before funding will be approved.

Step 5: Complete the OCS Dual Enrollment Agreement with your parents and counselor. Turn in the completed form to your counselor and discuss with them the class(es) you would like to take

Step 6: Make sure your counselor has a copy of your schedule after you register with your college advisor. Some college advisors will send it for you, but it is YOUR responsibility to make sure your counselor gets it. ALL students must take 8 classes total a year (4 each semester). College courses must be worth a minimum of 3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours to count as one of your 8 classes.

Step 7: Make sure you have a transcript sent to OCHS after you complete the class. Your school may do this for you, but it is your responsibility to make sure it is done.

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