If your teen graduates high school with even one college credit, he’s ahead!
That’s the message I want our members to remember, but for a few of you, your teens will have exceptional motivation, and for those students, there are amazing possibilities ahead!! Completing a degree while simultaneously completing high school is not to be underestimated. It takes a strong and consistent adherence to academics, resourceful and creative planning by the parent, and a cooperative relationship between the teen and the parent. In addition to all of that, you need to find a school that will allow such pursuit.
In today’s post, I want to highlight a young man in Louisiana who did it! He earned his high school diploma and Associate’s Degree this month at the same time. What makes his story extraordinary, is that he didn’t start earning college credit until 12th grade!
Original story: McNeese Spring Graduate
“Joseph is the first ever early admission and dual enrollment student who will complete an associate degree from McNeese at the same time that he is graduating from high school,” says Betty Anderson, director of community services, outreach and the dual enrollment program coordinator at McNeese.”
“Joseph purchased the Western Civilization II textbook, read it in two days and passed the CLEP test,” says Anderson. “Anyone who can read and master a college textbook in two days has great potential.”
“Dual enrollment also helped him improve his scores on college entrance exams. After his science courses, McKinney reports that his ACT science score went up “six points.” This, plus the boost in his math scores from taking McNeese’s calculus course, helped him to qualify for a McNeese Presidential Scholarship.”
As you investigate CLEP exams, know that they are one brand of a category called “Credit by Exam.” Sometimes called CBE, credit by exam allows your teen to take an exam, and in exchange, their passing score is recognized as equivalent to college credit at a college or university. The exam replaces your teen’s need to take that course, saving time, money, books, and 16 weeks of homework!
Before I ever used a CLEP exam in my own home, I took more than 20 myself- I wanted to see how hard they were, and if they were “real” ways to earn college credit. In 2008, I earned an Associate Degree in General Studies by testing out of that entire degree (just to see if it could be done) and it really changed my life in so many ways after that.
Testing out of a whole degree may not make sense for most of you reading this, but it doesn’t have to. Most community colleges and a good portion of universities award credit for successful completion of a CLEP, AP, or DSST exam (and a few others). Even passing 1 exam in high school can make a big difference!