Benefits and Disadvantages of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment


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Both Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment programs involve students learning at the college level during their high school education. Many students choose these instead of traditional high school courses because a high score may give credit to students once they enroll in college.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement is a nationally recognised program run by to provide a rigorous high school curriculum of study in specific subject areas.

What are the Benefits of Advanced Placement?

  • Morning and after school tutorial available.
  • No commuting for classes located off campus.
  • Small class sizes with students and teachers from the high school.
  • Most colleges will give credit towards introductory level college courses in the same subject as the AP course.

What are the Disadvantages of Advanced Placement?

  • Credit is only awarded for a high level of achievement on a final exam in May

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment allows a student to earn college credits while still in high school. These course credits can be transferred to a degree-granting institution, depending on the policy of the college or university.

What are the Benefits of Dual Enrollment?

  • Enter college with credits that can be put towards your degree.
  • Earn an Associate’s Degree while in high school.

What are the Disadvantages of Dual Enrollment?

  • The University/College you choose may not accept the dual enrollment credits and you may have to retake the class regardless.
  • You are missing out on interaction with high school classmates and teachers.
  • Class sizes are larger than that at a private high school.
  • Teachers are not as readily available.
  • No daily tutorial in the morning and after school.

What is most recommended?

Our College Placement Director and Head of Upper School believe that Advanced Placement is a more favorable choice for those attending high school.

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