Q:

My son has the opportunity to take dual-credit courses at a local college this fall as well as regular high-school classes. Is this a good idea? He's a straight A student. What are the advantages of doing this? -- Wondering

A:

There definitely are a number of advantages in taking dual-credit courses.

  • -Most students who take dual-credit courses go on to college.
  • -The courses give students an idea of what college course work is like.
  • -It will give a closer look at the academic area that your son wants to study in college.
  • -Your son will be able to start accumulating college credits, which could help him graduate from college sooner.
  • -Your son should get an appointment with his school guidance counselor, who will also be able to provide him with more information and benefits from taking dual-credit courses.