• What is Dual Enrollment?

    Within Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), the Early College Access Program, or Dual Enrollment, is the term used to describe enrolling in a college course and earning college credits while still enrolled in AACPS. 


    Do all students who complete a college course get high school credit?

    Students who meet the approved for enrollment and successfully complete college courses approved for high school credit will receive credit for the courses on their high school and college transcripts. These courses at AACC are referenced as Dual Credit courses.


    What are some of the benefits of Dual Enrollment?

    • Research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment programs are more likely to graduate and continue into completion of studies.

    • No cost for approved students who meet enrollment requirements.

    • Provides an introduction to higher education for future college and career students.

    • Courses may be offered virtually or in person on AACC Campuses.

    • Gain confidence, good academic habits, time management and other skills.

    • Access to community college facilities including the library, student resource center, and counseling.


    Who can participate in Dual Enrollment?

    Student who:

    • Received parent/guardian and principal approval and complete all necessary paperwork.

    • Are 16 years of age or older

    • Earned a minimum 2.0 weighted grade point average

    • Are college and career ready (CCR) and have earned enough high school credits to be in the 11th or 12th grade or meet criteria under Gifted and Talented.

    • Accessed college ready via ACCUPLACER, ACT, SAT, and/or other approved college readiness measures if appropriate and/or required

    Students should speak to the high school counselor regarding the GPA details and access options related to select high school courses.


    What is the process for taking advantage of a Dual Enrollment option?

    Contact the high school school counselor to initiate the process. High school counselor information can be found on each school’s website. Specific deadlines for enrollment are found on the AACC Academic Calendar page. Students applying for this opportunity at AACPS, should begin by accessing the Anne Arundel County College Office of Academic Initiatives’ Early College Access Program (ECAP) webpage for more specific information, procedures, and forms to begin the process. 


    What courses are offered through the Dual Enrollment Program?

    A list of approved Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) courses are found here. To review the transferability of college courses between Maryland colleges and universities, visit the Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities website. For specific information related to college course options at your local high school, or courses not listed on the approved list above contact the high school counselor.


    What high school graduation credit can be earned through the Dual Enrollment Program?

    While not every college course is approved for high school credit, students may earn high school credit for many courses offered at AACC.  A list of approved courses and the corresponding high school credit can be found here.    


    What courses are offered at my home high school?

    College courses offered on the high school site are determined through the Division of Academics. They are associated with specific programs; CTE, Signature, etc.The courses offered may vary by semester per high school. School counselors can discuss specific AACPS course with students.


    What is the difference between an Advanced Placement (AP) course and a college course?

    The Maryland State Department of Education identifies College Board AP courses as college-like courses taught by high school teachers. Dual Enrollment courses are college courses taught by college professors. Both college and AP courses offer rigorous options for students.  Students will earn college credit with the successful completion of college courses. Students may earn college credit with the completion of the AP course and identified score on the AP exam. It is recommended that students research which colleges/universities accept AP and/or Dual Enrollment course credit.  


    Do colleges and universities accept credits earned through dual enrollment?

    Credits earned through dual enrollment transfer to most universities in the state.  Especially if leaving Maryland, we encourage students to call the university of interest and inquire directly.  Just like AP scores, some universities take some courses and not others.


    What if my child wants to drop or withdraw from an AACC course?

    All high school students taking a college course must follow the college guidelines to drop or withdraw from an AACC course for any reason. The college has a specific timeline that must be followed so AACPS or family acquires their refund.  There are different guidelines for credit and non-credit courses. Click on the link to see the specific dates for the deadlines for both type of courses.


    What happens if a student stops attending a college course and does not officially withdraw or drops a course?

    Not only will the student fail the course, it will be on the college transcript.  This will impact the ability to secure financial aid now and after you graduate from high school.  Furthermore, the college will not notify the parents/caregivers, so it is important that parents/caregivers monitor their child’s academic progress. 


    Is transportation provided for students going to the college campus to take a course?

    Students are responsible for providing their own transportation. However, Signature Program courses on college campuses senior year have transportation options or students can self-transport.


    Can a parent/guardian monitor their student's progress in the college course?

    FERPA (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act) applies to all students enrolled in college courses, despite the age of the student. Therefore, communication is only between the student and the college. Students are responsible for monitoring their educational progress through their AACC student account and communication with their professors. Families should create systems within their households to discuss progress and identify if resources for support are needed.


    Will parents/guardians be informed of a student's enrollment and Performance in a college course?

    Parent/guardian(s), counselors, and principals must approve the student's college course(s) through the process, however,  per FERPA, all communication from the college will be addressed to the student. It is the responsibility of students to share all information regarding performance and college course progress with their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in the application and registration process with their child and create systems within their households to discuss progress and identify if resources for support are needed.


    What resources can a student access at the college if they are dually enrolled?

    A high school student can access all resources for support available to a college student (Library, free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, online databases, on-line Writing Center, etc). 


    Does AACPS determine the college curriculum?

    AACPS does not determine the college curriculum but does evaluate it for high school credit.  AACC is solely responsible for determining the college curriculum and instructional materials of each course. 


    Does AACPS supervise, hire, or evaluate the college professors?

    No.  AACC is responsible for selecting, hiring and paying the college professors. 


    Who do I contact and/or where do I go for more information about Dual Enrollment?

    You may contact your child’s high school counselor, and visit AACPS or AACC College Dual Enrollment webpages for more details about Dual Enrollment procedures and deadlines.