Does College Algebra replace high school algebra 2? Can you use CLEP to replace American Literature? In this post, you’ll learn which dual enrollment college class will replace your high school classes.
I think it must be said that every homeschooling parent has three important parameters on their decisions for dual enrollment and high school planning.
- First, it’s imperative that any state laws or guidelines be followed. This is so that when your teen graduates, their high school diploma will be valid.
- Second, a teen’s goals and career plans for after high school are always part of the process. Is your teen is targeting a competitive 4-year university, entering the military with college credit, starting their own business, enrolling in an apprenticeship, attending community college, or something else? The “best plan” is the plan that helps them accomplish their goals- not the goals of others.
- Third, your teen’s ability to be successful in a dual enrollment course (DE) is really important. You shouldn’t put them into DE courses that could result in feelings of failure or actual failure. Your son’s courses should be chosen with care so you can put them on the path to success – and that is not a one size fits all approach.
High school and college courses are never identical. Even when courses share the same name you can expect a lot of variables that make it an inexact science. These match-ups can give you a solid place to start. You should read the course description and prerequisite information for any college class you’re considering for your teen. A course description can provide valuable clues to whether or not it’s best for your teen.
1 college class = 1 high school credit
Typically, a high school class can last all year (2 semesters), but college classes typically only last for 1/2 of a year (1 semester). When you fill a high school schedule with 2 college classes, your teen is earning twice as much high school credit.
College Art Appreciation 1 = 1 high school credit
College Art Appreciation 1 & 2 = 2 high school credits
As an example, a student taking 12th-grade language arts for high school credit will earn 1 high school credit. If the student instead takes English Composition 1 and 2 through dual enrollment, the student earns 2 high school credits and 6 college credits.
In the match, you’ll see “and/or” which indicates you can choose 1 of the classes if you’d like to fill 1 semester, but you can choose both of the classes if you’d like to fill 2 semesters. Award high school credit on their homeschool transcript in either case.
FYI: I’ve added in CLEP exams where appropriate.
High School to Dual Enrollment Match-up
|High School Course||Dual Enrollment Match-up|
|11th Grade Language Arts (Honors)|
12th Grade Language Arts (Regular)
English Language and Composition (AP)
Freshman Composition 1 and/or 2
English Composition 1 and/or 2
CLEP College Composition
Introduction to Communication
|Biology (College Prep or Honors)||BIOXXX|
Introduction to Biology
Biology for Non-science majors
|Biology (Advanced Placement)||BIOXXX|
General Biology 1 and 2 with Lab
|Chemistry (College Prep or Honors)||CHEMXXX|
Introduction to Chemistry
Chemistry for Non-science majors
|Chemistry (Advanced Placement)||CHEMXXX|
General Chemistry 1 and 2 with Lab
|Physics (College Prep or Honors)|
AP Physics 1 or 2 (Algebra-based)
Introduction to Physics
Physics for Non-science majors
|AP Physics C Electricity (Calc-based)|
AP Physics C Mechanics (Calc-based)
General Physics 1 and 2 with Lab
|Introduction to Literature||LITXXX|
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Lit
CLEP American Literature
British or English Literature
CLEP English Literature
CLEP American Government
|United States History / American History||HISXXX|
United States History 1 and/or 2
CLEP US History 1 and/or 2
|Economics (Honors or AP)||ECONXXX|
Economics 1 and/or 2
Macroeconomics and/or Microeconomics
CLEP Macroeconomics and/or Microecon.
|Psychology (Regular, Honors, AP)||PSYXXX|
Introduction to Psychology
|Western Civilization (Honors, AP)||HISXXX|
Western Civilization 1 and/or 2
CLEP Western Civilization 1 and/or 2
|Math after Algebra 1||MATXXX|
Math for Liberal Arts
CLEP College Mathematics
|Math after Algebra 2||MATXXX|
Math for Liberal Arts
CLEP College Mathematics
CLEP College Algebra
AP Calculus AB
|AP Calculus BC||MATXXX|
Calculus 1 and 2
|Introduction to Business||BUSXXX|
Introduction to Business
CLEP Introduction to Business Law
Introduction to Marketing
Principles of Marketing
CLEP Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Management
Principles of Management
CLEP Principles of Management
|High School Foreign Language 1||Elementary Foreign Language 1 and/or 2|
|High School Foreign Language 2||Intermediate Foreign Lang. 1 and/or 2|
CLEP Spanish, French, or German