Q:

Will my daughter get a leg up on completing college earlier by taking dual enrollment classes next year in high school? -- Wondering

A:

Dual enrollment classes are college level courses offered by high schools that earn students actual college credit. They may be taught at a high school or a local college. Colleges may or may not give credit for these courses or offer higher placement for these classes. First of all, they may not consider them as equivalent to the courses taught at their own school. Secondly, they may not even consider them as rigorous as advanced placement (AP) or international baccalaureate (IB) classes. Third, they may be unwilling to place entering students in upper-class courses.

Students need to research how the colleges they are considering attending will view the dual enrollment courses they plan to take.

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