Dual Enrollment is a program that allows a high school student to concurrently enroll in postsecondary courses and to receive both secondary and postsecondary credit for that coursework.
The dual enrollment program offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses, at a local higher education institution, to earn college credits at a reduced tuition. The college courses help students meet their high school graduation requirements while allowing them to get a jump on their college careers by participating in campus or online college courses. At the same time, students remain enrolled at Hershey High School and have full access to high school activities and programs. Students assume responsibility for the cost of tuition, enrollment fees, and transportation.
Students must meet the requirements of both the higher institution and Derry Township. Please see your school counselor to discuss your eligibility to enroll and earn college credit while still in high school.
Requests to pursue this opportunity must be initiated through the student’s school counselor to confirm eligibility (as outlined below). Students must complete and submit the High School Credit for College Courses Approval Form. Arrangements made independently will not be considered “for credit” on a student’s Hershey High School Transcript.
- To be eligible to leave the Hershey High School campus for study at a local, accredited college/university, a student must:
- Be a junior or senior in good standing
- Have a GPA of 85%+ (cumulative have no major attendance or discipline indiscretions. Applicants’ discipline and attendance records will be reviewed by the administration. Students who, within the previous calendar year, have been issued a letter citing attendance issues and/or have been suspended from school will not be eligible for release from the Hershey High School campus for college course work.
- No costs will be incurred by the Derry Township School District (tuition, textbooks, lab fees, registration, transportation)
- The administration may revoke the privilege to leave the Hershey High School campus for college course work based on conduct or attendance issues that surface after coursework has begun.
- One accredited college course that spans a semester and meets for a minimum of three (3) clock-hours per week will earn 1.0 credit on his/her high school transcript.
- Students may only take courses that are not being offered as part of the curriculum at Hershey High School. A student is not permitted to substitute a college course for a required high school subject (unless approved by the building principal after consultation with the appropriate department chair). Credits earned through college courses will be banked toward “elective” credit (unless approved by the principal).
- The rules that exist at Hershey High School for minimum credits, attendance, and dropping courses apply to students enrolled in college courses.
- Evening college courses may be approved provided that the 8 credit maximum per school year is not exceeded.
- Summer college courses will not be approved for credit at Hershey High School
- College courses will appear on students’ transcripts under a rudimentary heading (i.e., College Course #1) including the “final grade” and “credit earned.” It is recommended that a transcript from the college/university be included in college application submissions (Note: This is a student responsibility) o All college courses will be calculated in the student’s GPA and will yield equal weighting to AP courses(1.05)
- When importing grades into Hershey High School’s grading system, a grade of “A+” and “A” will be entered, numerically, as 100%. Grades of “A-“ and down will follow the standard, HHS grading system. Limit one college course per semester
- Students who are approved for college/university study must provide their own transportation to and from the college campus.
- Parents must submit a signed form that releases the school district from responsibility to transport students who leave the campus for college courses
- Students are expected to leave Hershey High School’s campus no sooner than the time required to travel to the college, park, and report to class.
- After class has concluded, students are expected to return to Hershey High School’s campus directly (if there is any time remaining in the school day).
- Students enrolled in college courses must be properly registered to park on Hershey High School’s campus. Students leaving/returning to Hershey High School’s campus are required to sign in/out in the main office.