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Dual Enrollment vs High School

Many homeschooling parents have never shared the role of “grader” with anyone before. If this is the first time your teen will be graded by someone else, here is a primer of what to expect as you think about the differences between high school and college.

High SchoolCollege
Required by law / free to everyone. Optional / expensive.
Participation/attendance grades given for showing up or effort.Participation/attendance grades are uncommon. Showing up is never enough.
Homework is consistently graded or checked by the parent/teacher and counts toward the course grade.Homework is assigned, but it may or may not be graded or count as part of the course grade. A course rubric will explain which assignments generate points.
Many assignments, activities, quizzes, or tests will make up a course grade.As few as 1-2 assignments may make up an entire course grade. There are college courses where the entire grade is 1 exam!
Homework is regularly collected.Homework may be assigned and expected to be completed, but not collected or recorded for a grade.
Teachers inform students when they
are doing poorly/discuss grades.
The syllabus and rubric are given on the first day of class and the student is expected to track their own progress.
Teachers help you before, during, and after class with difficult material.Professors expect you to learn independently or contact them during office hours outside of class.
Teachers know you personally or by name.Professors may have hundreds of students and never interact with you directly.
Due dates are discussed regularly, especially for big papers or projects.The syllabus will include due dates for all assignments in the semester and may never be discussed. The Student is expected to turn in assignments anyway.
Homeschool parents are aware of every grade and the student’s progress. Schools send home grades.FERPA prevents colleges from sharing grades with parents. Grade sharing must be done by the student.
Teachers will help the student when struggling.Student is expected to seek out learning resources on their own when they do not understand a concept or are struggling.
Poor grades do not prevent the student from taking future courses.Poor grades will prevent the student from future course registration and accessing financial aid.
Make up tests are arranged and encouraged.Make up tests are rarely available.
Late work may be accepted for full or partial credit.Late work is rarely accepted.
Help you work ahead when you’re going to be gone, or get the work you missed while you were gone.You are responsible for all work that is due during your absence.
Students are often expected to reproduce what they were taught in the same way it was presented to them.Students are often expected to apply what they have learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems when taking a test.
Carefully follows a textbook.May use dozens of resources in part or whole to teach a topic.
Follows a state or standard scope and sequence with little variation.May loosely follow a course model but has academic freedom to teach the material without interference from the college administration.
Teachers are approachable and accessible to students.Professors may have very little contact with a student.
High school teachers have bachelor’s degrees in teaching or education.College professors have master’s degrees or higher in the subject they are teaching.
Effort will earn good grades.Results determine good grades.


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit