High school students at Seattle Christian have excellent potential to earn high school and college credit at the same time through the SCS Dual Credit program. Officially launched in 2016-17, the program currently partners with Northwest University, Northwest Nazarene University, and Colorado Christian University to provide SCS students the opportunity for these dual credits. This year, SCS is offering eight dual credit courses in addition to Advanced Placement courses offered at SCS. Students earn college credit in AP courses by passing the associated AP test at the end of the school year.
A real benefit to Dual Credit is that students have an entire year to cover the material instead of a single college semester. The slower pace and connection with an SCS teacher often result in a higher level of success compared to taking the course at a university.
Thanks to Seattle Christian’s dual credit program, I was able to take 9 college level classes earning a total of 28 credits my junior and senior year. I was able to enter college as a sophomore by credit and won’t have to take many of the required courses in college. I can even graduate early because of my college credits earned at SCS. – Grant Wood – SCS Class of 2021, Pensacola Christian College
If a student takes advantage of all dual credit offerings at SCS, they could potentially graduate from high school with 22 college semester credits at a total price of $1,450. In contrast, 22 credits at a university would cost approximately $9800. The SCS dual credit program has the potential to save a student over $8,000 in future tuition!
Furthermore, Dual Credit offers an excellent alternative to the running start program. SCS students can earn a similar number of credits while continuing to participate in school activities as well as sports, maintain social connections and community, have the material covered from a Biblical Worldview, and maintain a high level of support from teachers.
What a blessing that SCS students can earn college credit as they successfully complete their Seattle Christian courses.