Advanced Placement vs Dual Enrollment, What’s Right for Your Child?

Benefits of Advanced Placement AP courses and Dual Enrollment study for homeschool students. ConnieAlbers.com

During the high-school years, homeschool parents may consider Advanced Placement (AP) classes or Dual Enrollment as an option for their child. While both have the potential to earn college credit during high-school, the two vary greatly.

The Advance Placement (AP) classes are college level courses offered to high-school students on a more rigorous level.  Students desiring to pursue college or a specific field of interest beyond high-school may find these classes appealing.  AP classes can be taken online through FLVS or taught by parents who feel well qualified to teach such classes. FLVS is attractive to parents as there are no costs associated with taking these classes.

In order to earn college credit, students must take and pass an exam which is administered at a local school.  Many students find books, such as 5 Steps to a Five, helpful as they prepare for this exam. It’s worth noting that many colleges give advanced consideration to students who list AP classes on their high-school transcripts. Currently 34 different courses are available to students. For more details about AP classes you can visit Collegeboard.com.

Dual Enrollment allows the high-school student to earn both high-school and college credit simultaneously.  These classes are taught by collegiate level instructors, therefore the work load is rigorous.  Generally students in grades 11 and 12 participate in these classes, though every community college has its own requirements. Contacting the dual-enrollment counselor at your local college is advised.  While some states will pay for classes, most will not pay for the books of homeschool students. Used textbooks may be purchased at chegg.com or numerous others sites. For more information on dual enrollment visit FLDOE.

An important difference between AP and Dual Enrollment is if your student does not pass the AP exam given by the state, but passes the class, he/she will still receive high-school credit. However, if your student does not pass the dual enrollment class, your student will not receive high-school or college credit. This will also become a permanent part of the student’s high-school transcript. Knowing what is right for your child is crucial.