Benefits to Dual Credit

Cost Benefit for Families

VCHS is thrilled to offer college courses on our campus for a faction of the cost that families would pay at a four-year college or university. On average, VCHS students pay $110 per college credit unit—a fraction of the cost for that same class on a 4-year college campus. The estimated cost of completing 60 units while at VCHS is $6,600.

Benefits for Dual Credit for an Honors Student

  • No other opportunity to earn college credits in an honors class
  • Provides freshmen and sophomores more chances to earn college credit
  • Honor students can still enroll in VCHS AP classes as they move through their course work, since the honors classes fulfill different credits than the AP classes
  • Students can start creating a strong college GPA, since concurrent credit classes allow students to earn actual letter grades instead of simply earning credit without an associated grade

Benefits for Dual Credit for an AP Student

  • Allows students to lower the number of AP exams they must cram for
  • Removes all of the weight on a high stakes exam determining your college credit
  • Students receive an official transcript, rather than a score that some schools won’t recognize
  • Students can start creating a strong college GPA, since concurrent credit classes allow students to earn actual letter grades instead of simply earning credit without an associated grade

Transfer to College at a Junior Status

Partnering with West Hills Community College, VCHS offers three liberal arts AA degrees that students can complete during high school and use to transfer to CSUs with junior status.

Three liberal arts AA Degree/Junior transfer tracks include:
—Area of Emphasis English & Communication
—Area of Emphasis Math & Science
—Area of Emphasis Arts & Humanities

High school four-year tracks to complete the first two years of college while at VCHS can be provided by academic counselors.

Other Benefits to Students

  • Access to community college prices during a time of state budget cuts and impacted community college campuses
  • Seniority in class selection and housing when beginning college based on units completed
  • Flexibility once at college
  • Take fewer credits in college/slower pace
  • Double major
  • Move onto a master’s degree without incurring as much debt
  • Enroll in a more expensive school for a shorter duration
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