Record Number Start College In High School

October 21st, 2013

COLLEGE COSTS DRIVE RECORD NUMBER OF HIGH SCHOOL KIDS TO START EARLY
A record number of students are getting a head start on college credits while in high school, cutting costs, and speeding toward degrees as quickly as possible. In addition to taking AP tests or dual enrollment courses, students are receiving college credit for life experiences, or skipping their senior years to attend early colleges. Some 1.3 million students took dual enrollment classes in 2010-11, according to federal data — a 67% increase since 2003. The article is in the Hechinger Report.

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  1. Nobody finishes a widely accepted degree in high school, but wise students get started on one. AP and, in particular, International Baccalaureate students have the advantage over dual enrollment students because their coursework is more broadly accepted as transferable, particularly to world-class universities, than is community college work.

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