The Advanced Placement Program, a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities, allows high school students to undertake college level academic learning courses and gives them the opportunity to show they have mastered the advanced material by taking AP exams. Students can receive credit, advanced placement, or both, from hundreds of colleges and universities that participate in the AP Program.
At ECS, we are often asked the question, “Why don’t you allow students to dual enroll?” Mostly this question is prompted by curiosity, because of something a parent has read or heard about high school students graduating from high school with a diploma and an Associate’s degree. This idea is so enticing for many reasons, but some of the most cited reasons are the saving of money and the acceleration of college. While we appreciate that many families are making financial sacrifices for schooling, and the thought of paying for college is daunting, ECS still does not allow dual enrollment in the traditional sense. This determination is the result of much thought and deliberation about what is best for the student.
So why does ECS limit dual enrollment? One of the main reasons pertains to the issue of worldview. Classes taught at other institutions are not necessarily taught from a Christian worldview; classes are taught from the professor’s worldview whose opinions, stances, and skills have not been scrutinized in the same way as for those teaching high school or for those working with high school students. Therefore, when a student graduates with an ECS diploma, the parent knows that the student has been taught to see all subjects through a biblical perspective and that the teacher has submitted to a code of ethics readily known to the parents.
Based on this philosophy, ECS has developed a partnership with two fully accredited Christian colleges to provide our students with college classes taught from a biblical worldview. At this time, our students are able to take classes with Liberty University and Toccoa Falls College for dual enrollment purposes. These institutions charge for the coursework. Classes taken through these two entities may count toward ECS required courses.
Note: Students are allowed to take dual enrollment courses from secular colleges or universities, but they will not replace coursework offered at ECS.
The heart of CLEP is a series of examinations, each 90 minutes long, that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge in a wide range of subjects. You are recognized and rewarded for what you know. CLEP can help you get the college credits needed to reach your goals more quickly. You can choose from five General Examinations and 30 Subject Examinations. CLEP is a great way to bypass introductory classes and save time and money getting your degree.