WHAT IS DUAL ENROLLMENT?
Answer: You can earn college credits, as much as an Associates Degree, while still enrolled in high school.
Dual Enrollment is an exciting state sponsored program that allows eligible NVTHS students the opportunity to enroll in courses at a local college while they are still in high school. Credits for the courses apply to both the high school and college transcripts. The program allows a student to attend Middlesex Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College, University of Massachusetts - Lowell Campus, or Fitchburg State University on a full-time basis, while still enrolled at NVTHS as a high school student. The Dual Enrollment Program is available to any junior or senior who meets the criteria adopted by both the State and the School District. The student must be prepared to pay for tuition, fees and books, as well as, provide transportation. As an additional incentive to students to tackle more challenging coursework, grades received in dual enrollment courses receive additional weight in the calculation of weighted GPAs. Effective during the 2014-2015 school year, the additional weight will be the same as that given for grades earned in Advanced Placement courses at NVTHS.
While on Dual Enrollment, a student would be attending their Dual School instead of NVTHS. He or she would be responsible in checking in with his or her advisor at the Dual School and at NVTHS. The dual student must work closely with their NVTHS guidance counselor to obtain pre-approval for coursework with final endorsement by the Principal or designee. General requirements include: one mathematics course, one science course, one English course, one History/Social Science course, two technically related courses, two cluster-based electives, one computer skill/business course, and one physical education course per year (10 courses total, to be taken over the Fall, and Spring semesters; Summer courses can be allowed in advance of the school year beginning).
Dual Enrollment is a possibility for eligible students in the 11th and 12th grades. During the spring, Student Services will meet with students who are interested in applying to take part in Dual Enrollment. Applications must be turned in, and students must be given permission from their host school - Nashoba Valley Technical High School - before applying to their Dual School of choice. At that point, if a student meets the criteria at NVTHS and their Dual School, then he or she may participate in Dual Enrollment.
Each student must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for participation:
- Student must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 90% while in high school.
- Student must have passed Geometry and Algebra II with a C or better.
- Student must have positive recommendations from all teachers, the Assistant Principal and the Principal.
- Student must apply to go out on dual enrollment for either junior or senior year, during the preceding school year (applications will be available in the spring).
- Student must test into college level English and Mathematics on the Accuplacer Exam. This placement test is required for all dual enrolled students. Students will NOT be permitted to enroll in remedial level classes.
- Student must have earned 80 points or more on the Dual Enrollment rubric.*
|*Eligibility criteria are based upon a rubric point system consisting of attendance, discipline, grades, instructor recommendations, and standardized test scores. The student will then take a placement test at the college. This placement test is required for all incoming students. If the student does not meet the Dual Enrollment requirements for that school, he/she will not be allowed to go out on Dual Enrollment for that college. Students will not be permitted to enroll in remedial classes.
The Nashoba Tech Dual Enrollment Application is available in Student Services each year, following the Dual Information Session which is held in March on an annual basis.
The 2017-2018 Application is due: To be determined.
If you would like to know more about the specific details of Dual Enrollment at each of our partner colleges (ex: application process, cost, expectations, etc.), please check their web pages by clicking the links below: