For years high school students could, if they qualified, earn college credit. At first Advanced Placement Courses were the best option available to those students wishing to start college with a few credits earned prior to really getting there. In lieu of taking these courses, proving proficiency in a college course through a placement exam might be selected. Then, some colleges started offering college courses to qualified high school students. A student would, in the junior or senior year, take one or two college courses per semester. Now, there is the early College Option, a program that allows a high school student to take more courses for college level, and even earn an Associates Degree.
These programs have advantages, and disadvantages. We will examine these programs here so a better understanding of what these programs provide, and what might be the results of embarking on one of them. Please be aware that what is right for one student is not necessarily right for another. The reason for familiarizing yourself with the details is to enable you to make an informed choice. And, to complicate matters each program is unique, so be ready to ask questions. After reading the article you should be ready to ask the right questions before enrolling your son or daughter in an early College Option Program.
Although we will look at all of the programs, the Early College Option is the focus of most of this article.