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Students earn more than 14,000 dual enrollment credits since 2015 saving families over $2 million

Hampton City Schools students have earned 14,348 dual enrollment (DE) credits over the past five years. This reflects a 753% increase in DE credits earned and a combined total savings of $2,238,288 for families to date.

The first dual enrollment courses were offered in 2015-2016. The credits earned that school year totaled 518. Over the last five years, the division’s commitment to providing more opportunities to young people has continued to grow, along with enrollment in DE. Student participation in dual enrollment courses and credits earned, have steadily increased.

Total College Credits Earned and Savings Accrued

Data Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) 2019-2020 Tuition and Fees Report. Numbers reflect VCCS cost per credit hour ($156) and full-time enrollment status (12 credit hours per semester) and in-state, public institutions’ average, to include tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees ($24,699).

“As a school division, we continue to be inspired by our young people. Their commitment to the dual enrollment program is another example that shows the foresight and fortitude of this generation,” said Dr. Raymond Haynes, executive director of secondary leadership. “This opportunity paves the way for our students to accelerate their learning, save money, and to be truly college, career, and life-ready.”

Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith stated, “Our dual enrollment partnership with TNCC enables us to continue to focus on the importance of equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes for all students. The success of our dual enrollment program is a testament to the power of what can be accomplished in support of student achievement when strong community partnerships exist. We are particularly pleased with the continued growth in the dual enrollment credits earned by our students during these challenging times of a pandemic.”

Dual credit allows high school students to enroll in college-level courses and earn credit prior to high school graduation. The three most common dual credit opportunities are Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment (DE).

In addition to earning a competitive college degree and/or transferable college credit(s) at no
cost, while in high school, students experience several other benefits, including access to:

  • rigorous, college-level courses
  • college resources, such as tutoring, research databases, and library services at TNCC
  • monthly enrichment opportunities to include guest speakers, college visits, workshops, and service-learning projects

Hampton City Schools provides students with a smooth transition to the college experience. The support, encouragement, and assistance needed to ensure students stay on track are provided by college and career coaches, mentors, TNCC instructors, academy teams, as well as a close-knit cohort of peers striving for the same goals.

For more information about dual enrollment, contact your child’s school.