Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows a high school student to enroll in a college level course for which dual credit (both college and high school credit) is earned on the student’s secondary and postsecondary academic record. Eligible high school and SOWELA Courses are listed on the Dual Enrollment Matrix which is included as part of the application to the Dual Enrollment program. The credits that students earn will be applicable toward high school graduation and acceptable toward a college degree or Technical Certificate. This opportunity allows students to accelerate their college career while saving time and money.

However, it is vital to understand that a high school student registrant is expected to adhere to all college, course, and instructor requirements.

The program is designed for students who:

  • are serious about their education,
  • want to understand what it is like to attend college,
  • want to earn a college degree or a technical certificate,
  • desire to start college education where there is a smaller student to teacher ratio, and
  • wish to get an early start on completing their college education.

It is important to note some dual enrollment courses may require college level scores on a college entrance exam. Additionally, some courses require pre-requisite course work to be completed prior to taking a particular class. For guidelines, please consult your Guidance Counselor or the College and Career Transition Coordinator at (337) 421-6983.

DUAL ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows a high school student to enroll in college level courses for which dual credit (both college and high school credit) is earned on the student’s secondary and postsecondary academic records. Eligible high school and SOWELA courses are listed on the Dual Enrollment Matrix which is included as part of the application to the Dual Enrollment program. The credits that students earn may be applicable toward high school graduation and acceptable toward a college degree or Technical Certificate. This opportunity allows students to accelerate their college career while saving time and money. It is vital to understand that a high school student registrant is expected to adhere to all college, course, and instructor requirements.

Additionally, the following requirements must be met:

  • Grade Point Average of 2.500 (out of a 4.000) system.
  • An official high school transcript and documentation of approval for homeschooling from BESE.
  • Students must meet all college admission and registration requirements and procedures.
  • Students must meet college-level entrance requirements on either the ACT, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER exam to enroll in collegelevel courses. If these entrance requirements are not met, level-appropriate transitional courses must be taken. Transitional courses are not eligible for dual enrollment credit.
  • Students may take up to 12 college credit hours per semester. Any exception to this would require the approval of the Dean of Instruction.
  • Students must pay course tuition at a rate of $45/credit hour, book costs, and related supply costs and/or lab fees.

Please note that some classes taken through SOWELA may not count for credit toward the student’s high school diploma or substitute for a high school course requirement. Students should consult with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to guarantee acceptance of a college course for substitution of a high school course. Students should also consult the Louisiana Department of Education to guarantee acceptance of college course substitution for high school courses for the purposes of TOPS or TOPS Tech. For additional information on the program, contact the College and Career Transitions Coordinator at (337) 421-6983.