What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual Enrollment allows high-achieving students to meet the requirements for high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credit from Southside Virginia Community College.
According to the US Department of Education, college credits earned prior to high school graduation reduce the average time-to-degree and increase the likelihood of graduation for the students who participate in dual enrollment programs. For parents, it is a chance to reduce future college expenses by shortening the time to college graduation.
Courses are taught by full or part-time faculty who meet VCCS credentialing requirements and credit for dual enrollment course is generally accepted at all Virginia private and public colleges.
It’s important that students and their parents understand that the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses is greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become part of permanent college transcripts so it’s essential that students do well in these courses to realize all the benefits of dual enrollment which include:
- A quality, affordable education close to home
- Enriched course opportunities for outstanding high school students both in academic coursework and in career and technical education
- Students enter college with credits applicable to their degree program
- Students gain an understanding of the rigor of college work as well as college faculty expectations
- Access to college resources, facilities, and services such as advising and career counseling
- Role Of The Student, Parent, SVCC And The High School
Role of Students and Parents
- Complete college application, including parent portion with signatures, and schedule to take the placement test at your high school
- Select course(s) with high school guidance counselor
- Sign the registration form for each class and rent/purchase necessary textbooks if not provided by the high school
- Visit the local community college to see what campus support services or activities are available
- Participate in class; do assignments on time
- SVCC Dual Enrollment Handbook
Role of Southside Virginia Community College
• Work with school administration to determine which dual enrollment courses will be taught at the high school
• Hire or evaluate adjunct faculty that meet community college credentialing requirements
• Ensure that course content and textbook are the same as the course offered on the community college campus
• Identify coordinators of Dual Enrollment to work with the high schools
• Facilitate meetings between college and high school stakeholders to discuss logistics
• Administer the placement test
• Assist the high school in getting the student registered
• SVCC Dual Enrollment Instructor Handbook
Role of the High School
• Support the offering of Dual Enrollment with the high school staff, students, and parents
• Identify a single point of contact at the high school to work with the college coordinator for Dual Enrollment
• Recommend potential courses and students
• Assist all students in completing the admissions and registration processes and in obtaining necessary instructional materials
• Identify students that will need to take the placement test
• Identify students who have indicated pursuit of specific certificates of degrees
- COVID-19's Impact on Dual Enrollment
Dual Enrollment COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
COVID-19 Emergency Admissions and Placement Procedures
In response to the 2020 COVID-19 emergency, the Chancellor has temporarily approved a modification to VCCS Policy 6.6.3, Dual Enrollment Student Admissions, that adds flexibility to use additional measures for dual enrollment admission and placement. This is only effective for the 2020 summer and fall terms.
What does this mean for your students? For rising high school juniors and seniors who have not already taken the VPT or who do not have access to other test scores (Compass, Asset, PSAT, SAT, ACT, SOL) as notated in the Dual Enrollment Admissions Criteria below, colleges are able to use the Dual Enrollment COVID-19 Emergency Admission and Placement Procedures for enrolling students in summer and fall 2020 terms.
VCCS Policy 6.6.3 Dual Enrollment Admissions Criteria:
Dual Enrollment COVID-19 Emergency Admissions and Placement Criteria:
Course Placement Guidance:
- If a student has a Writing/Reading PSAT score of 390 or greater, he/she may enroll in ENG 111.
- If a student has an unweighted High School GPA of 3.0 or greater, he/she may enroll in ENG 111.
- If a student has a PSAT Mathematics score of 500 or greater, he/she may enroll in MTH 161 (PreCalculus I).
- If a student has an unweighted High School GPA of 3.0 or greater with successful completion of Algebra 2, he/she may enroll in MTH 161 (PreCalculus I).
- If a student has an unweighted High School GPA of 2.0 or greater, he/she may enroll in Dual Enrollment CTE courses.
Per Policy 6.6.3, admitting freshman and sophomores is considered exceptional. The college-ready status of each prospective freshman and sophomore student will be treated on a case-by-case basis.
- Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of dual enrollment?
- Save money - Courses through Southside Virginia Community College are much less expensive than through any 4-year college or university. Contact your high school to find out if there is a charge for dual enrollment courses.
- Save time - Dual Enrollment courses accelerate a student's college career and provides quality, affordable education close to home
- Provides students access to the same course content and curriculum that is offered on the community college campus
- Provides highly qualified teaching faculty who meet the criteria set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges
- Provides access to college resources, facilities and services such as advising, career counseling and mentoring
How does a dual enrollment course differ from an Advanced Placement (AP) course?
- A dual enrollment course is a college class taught by an instructor who has the degree and credentials to teach at a community college. Upon successful completion of a dual enrollment course, a student is awarded college credit as well as high school credit. A high school transcript and a college transcript are separately generated for each school. AP prepares students to pass an exam to prove their mastery of college-level curriculum. Dual credit in effect enrolls students in college courses while they are still in high school, allowing them to earn credit for both.
Where can students take dual enrollment classes?
In addition to the high schools listed here, Southside Virginia Community College offers some dual enrollment courses and special programs for high school students at its locations including the following.
Amelia Nottoway Technical Center
- Nurse Aide Course
John H. Daniel Campus
- Automotive Technology
- Certified Nurse Aide
- The Governor's School for Southside Virginia
- Welding Program
Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center
- High Performance Technology Program
- Welding Program
- Center for Information Technology Excellence
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Students may take any college course offered by SVCC for which they are qualified at any of our locations, however, the high school principal must grant permission for the course to be used to meet a high school requirement.
Who is eligible for Dual Enrollment programs?
All high school students can benefit from college coursework, particularly—
- High school students attending a public or private school; but students must meet Southside Virginia Community College's requirements for taking classes
- Homeschooled students are also eligible and students should contact their local community college to discuss options
What if my goal is to get a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university?
- SVCC offers Dual Enrollment credit for college general education courses, which are required for most two-year and four-year degrees. These Dual Enrollment courses begin your Associate of Arts and Sciences degree at SVCC or you can transfer directly to a four-year college or university. More information on individual school agreements can be found on the VCCS website's Transfer tab.
What if my goal is to get a one-year certificate or two-year degree in a career technical field and then get a job?
- SVCC offers Dual Enrollment credit for career technical courses as well as transfer courses. These Dual Enrollment courses begin your Certificate or Associate of Applied Sciences degree at SVCC.
What if I just want to take a course offered by SVCC for personal interest or to acquire a skill?
- Some of SVCC's courses are not part of the Dual Enrollment program, but may be taken by high school students to gain a skill or for their personal interest. These courses do not count towards high school course requirements unless specifically approved by the high school principal. Students interested in these courses should contact their high school guidance office.
Who may enroll in Dual Enrollment courses, and is there a minimum age to participate in the program?
- Dual Enrollment students are admitted according to the provisions in the current Virginia Plan for Dual Enrollment. Generally, any high school students may enroll in a class if (1) they obtain their principal's permission and (2) their college placement scores and high school grades indicate they have satisfied academic prerequisites. Individuals below the age of 14 or below high school freshman level may apply to the college for special consideration for admittance which requires an interview with the parent and the student.
What is the cost of dual enrollment classes?
- Each school division or private school makes its own policy regarding how much of the dual enrollment tuition it pays on behalf of the students. Please consult with your guidance department to determine the cost for your school.
Is financial aid available for dual enrollment students?
- Federal financial aid regulations prohibit a student from receiving federal financial assistance while still enrolled in secondary school. However, because of special agreements between the College and the secondary school divisions, the student generally pays a much reduced amount of the tuition cost for overall dual enrollment courses. Usually, this is a greater savings of the tuition cost than the student would normally have received from regular financial aid programs. In addition, students and parents should also consider the low cost of community college classes as compared to 4-year schools. Please Note: Although students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, any course in which college credit is earned will count towards the students allowable Federal Financial Aid eligibility.
Are students required to take the SVCC placement test in order to enroll in dual enrollment courses?
- Dual Enrollment students must take the placement test before the SVCC can enroll them in courses. If a student has already taken the SAT or ACT, SVCC will consider those scores in place of the placement test.
When do students take the placement test in order to enroll in dual enrollment courses?
- SVCC gives the placement test at the high schools to all students interested in dual enrollment courses. The high school counselors will know the date when it will be offered. Students who do not take the placement test at their high school may take the placement test at Southside Virginia Community College during regular testing hours in Student Services. According to the VCCS policy, a student may only take the test twice in a two year period, with at least a year between testing dates. Additionally, remediation is required if the student does not meet the requirements on the first attempt in order to take it a second time. Prospective dual enrollment students who need to take the test at SVCC should contact the dual enrollment offices at 434.736.2000 on the John H. Daniel Campus and 434.949.1000 on the Christanna Campus. Coordinators or assistants will set up the testing session with Student Services and this must be done PRIOR to coming to the college to take the test.
How do we know which courses are approved for dual credit?
- The high school guidance office can help the student select the courses approved by the individual school district for dual enrollment. You may also see the College Catalog Course Descriptions page for further information.
Are there prerequisite courses that must be taken by students before enrolling in SVCC dual enrollment courses?
- Dual Enrollment courses have the same prerequisites as their non-Dual Enrollment counterparts. Specific course prerequisites are stated for individual courses in the Online College Catalog under Course Descriptions.
What is the enrollment process for Dual Enrollment courses which transfer to colleges and universities?
- For the student, the process begins at the high school by talking with the counselor to determine which dual enrollment courses are offered at the high school or on the SVCC campus.
How do students get their grade report at the end of the semester?
- Shortly after the exam period each semester the final grade for the course is posted to the College's Student Information System - MySVCC. To view or print a copy of the grades, students login to MySVCC using their user id and password. Paper grade reports are not mailed to the home address.
How do students get a grade transcript sent to the high school or another college?
- To request that an official grade transcript be mailed to your high school or another college, the student may login to MySVCC and request the transcript or submit the request in writing by completing a 'Transcript Request Form' and sending it to the Registrar's Office on either campus. The request should include the name and address of the specific office where the transcript should be mailed as well as the student's name and either social security number or student user id. Written requests must be signed by the student. Transcripts are generally mailed within three days after the request is received. Bear in mind that for a student over the age of eighteen, a parent or guardian cannot conduct any business for the student without the student's approval. Filling out a FERPA form in the admissions office will address this.