The Center for School Change has found that dual credit classes give high school students an advantage in preparing for college.
In St Paul, some students were not sure they would ever get to go to college. Now they are getting credit for higher education before they finish high school.
Six St Paul charter and district high schools report that enrollment in college level classes has nearly quintupled since the project to promote college readiness began in 2011.
At AGAPE, the school for teenage mothers, Jessica Magana has taken several classes as a result of the school’s partnership with St Paul and Inver Hills community colleges. She intends to be the first in her family to attend college. The dual credit classes were an important part of showing her what it takes to be in college. Prior to the program, Magana had some doubts.
“I felt I couldn’t do it,” she said. But since, “the classes have made me want to go to college more.”