Dual Enrollment Program with Chesapeake College
Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit while still in high school. Talbot County Public Schools provides tuition assistance as outlined in the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013. Chesapeake College courses selected must be credit-level courses and can be used to fulfill high school graduation requirements. Students may choose from classes offered at the high schools or at any Chesapeake College campus. Course offerings at the high schools may vary based on instructor availability.
Courses taken at Chesapeake College may meet outside of school operating hours. Eligible students may substitute the following: One college-level English course in literature or writing for one high school credit in English; one college-level science course for the third science credit; a college-level art credit to fulfill the core requirement; or a fourth math credit once the student has successfully completed Algebra II. All other coursework will be recorded as elective credits. The student’s percentage grade will be recorded on their high school transcript. The percentage will be used to calculate the student’s high school GPA and class rank.
Through the Advanced Credit Initiative, (ACI), Chesapeake College staff and TCPS school counselors work closely together to help students develop long-term plans for combining Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) credit into a package of credit than can shorten students’ time to a college degree. Students have the potential of earning as many as half of the credits required in a Chesapeake College degree program by taking Advanced Placement courses (around 30 credits) as well as up to 12 credits through Dual Enrollment courses. (Dual Enrollment students are also eligible to take other Chesapeake College courses at the college’s campus or online.) A student can be within a semester of earning an Associate’s Degree by completing a set of AP and Dual Enrollment credits, or have several semester towards a baccalaureate degree at a variety of four-year institutions.
To participate in Dual Enrollment, a high school student must:
- Be a junior or senior and at least 16 years of age.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Meet with their school counselor to determine eligibility and discuss interests.
- Obtain parental and school counselor approval.
Students may choose from classes offered at the high schools or at any Chesapeake College campus. Courses taken at Chesapeake College may meet outside of school operating hours.
Once a student decides to enroll, a student will meet with a Chesapeake College representative at their school, or make an appointment with the college representative to:
- Complete and submit a Chesapeake College application (new students only).
- Take the ACCUPLACER assessment in math and English, or opt out with SAT scores of 500 or above or a
- composite ACT score of 21 or above.
- Submit a new dual enrollment certification form each semester.