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Ways You Can Earn Credit

Classes at your high school may be offered as dual credit/concurrent enrollment, AP, or sometimes offered as both (in this case, you may choose how you would like to earn the credits).

Credit Earning Options

Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment

Students take college-level courses at their high school or on a college campus and simultaneously earn both high school and college credit for the course. Dual credit/concurrent enrollment instructors use college-level curriculum, texts, and grading scales to create a true university educational experience. Grades earned in the high school class are recorded on an official college transcript in addition to the high school transcript. Credits are transferable between most accredited post-secondary institutions.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. AP consists of high school courses that reflect college-level expectations. Each AP course concludes with a college-level exam administered in May. Students who perform well (generally a score of 3 or above) can receive course credit and/or advanced standing at colleges worldwide. College score requirements vary by course and postsecondary institution, and credit will not be earned if a minimum score is not achieved.

International Baccalaureate® (IB)

IB programs are only offered in some high schools. The curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the Diploma Program (DP) core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the extended essay. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work through assessment and exams. Like AP, students who perform well on DP exams can receive course credit at colleges worldwide. College score requirements vary by course and postsecondary institution, and credit will not be earned if a minimum score is not achieved

College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program® helps students receive college credit for what they already know. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. These tests assess college-level knowledge in 33 subject areas and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses.