Summer school is not to be confused with dual enrollment. Often, colleges have specific courses that they allow for dual enrollment and a formalized application process. This is not generally the case with summer school. Many colleges, even Harvard University, will allow high school students the opportunity to enroll for summer school on campus, online, or through study abroad separate and apart from any dual enrollment program. Many times, the summer session is an “open enrollment” period, where students can enroll with little to no application red tape.
Like dual-enrollment, graded credits are recorded on an official transcript, and poor grades have to be disclosed on future college applications. That said, summer school is a wonderful opportunity to earn 3 or more credits for future use. Most summer school programs range from 5–8 weeks so that they can be a faster pace than a traditional 16-week semester. For this reason, it may be best to limit your courses to 1 or 2. For overseas experience, you are generally limited to only that course. Speaking of Harvard University, visit their Continuing Education tab to see a full listing of their summer
options for high school students. Every summer they have exciting and rigorous options for the motivated student, and they also have some of the most exciting study abroad experiences offered; and for what it’s worth, it probably wouldn’t hurt to see Harvard University on your child’s future college applications.
This content is reprinted from Chapter 2 of Homeschooling for College Credit 2nd Edition.