ASCS partners with John Brown University, Bryan College and Regent University to offer ELEVEN dual enrollment courses. Courses are offered in English, science, American History and Government, mathematics, Spanish, public speaking, and Bible. Qualified juniors or seniors enroll in one or more of these institutions and receive college credit upon successful completion of the course (C or higher).

The courses are taught at Atlantic Shores in the regular schedule by our teachers, who are adjunct professors at their respective college or university. Students receive a reduced tuition rate, and these universities have waived all other normal fees, making these courses very affordable. The courses are taught using the university’s curriculum, and students will have to purchase any required textbooks.

Prerequisites for DE courses include a 3.0 cumulative GPA, a 90% or higher average in the previous course (85% for math), and teacher/counselor recommendations. In addition, JBU requires an acceptable PSAT, SAT or ACT score.

ASCS also offers AP Music Theory to students 10th grade or above. Students take the AP Music Theory exam in May, with the potential of earning college credit for the course.

So, Why take AP or Dual Enrollment Courses?

You save money on college tuition. ASCS Dual Enrollment courses will cost $345 for three semester hours. If your son or daughter takes two (3 or 4 credit hours) Dual Enrollment classes in each of the junior and senior years, they will earn 12-14 credit hours before high school graduation. Taking these 14 semester hours at Shores will cost approximately $1500 plus books. The same 14 semester hours at Old Dominion University will cost $3,500 (tuition only), at University of Virginia $11,500 (including room and board), at Liberty University $12,000 (including room and board) and at Regent University $ 6930 (tuition only). As you can see, you will save a significant amount of money by taking the courses at our school! In addition, your son or daughter will enter college already having completed three-quarters to one semester’s worth of work.

They prepare you for the rigors of college, and remove the “fear of the unknown” out of the college experience.
Successful completion of these courses indicates to colleges that you are capable of performing college level work. This gives you more of a competitive edge when it comes to college entrance. Colleges that are in the “very difficult” and “most difficult” categories want to see that you have taken the most rigorous coursework possible at your school. This means that in high school you have taken as many Honors, AP and DE courses as you are capable of.

AP/DE courses are weighted; therefore, your GPA is potentially improved by taking them.
Research shows that AP students are more likely to graduate from college in four years. Students who take longer to graduate at public colleges and universities can spend up to $19,000 for each additional year. AP also helps students qualify for scholarships; 31% of colleges and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships.

You can possibly earn college credit if your college accepts your score of 3, 4 or 5. Colleges do not receive AP scores unless the student sends them; therefore, if the student does not “pass” the AP exam, the college will not know, unless you disclose this to them.
Students who play a sport in college may be able to take one less class per semester for several years, giving them extra time demanded by their sport.

Dual Enrollment Course Offerings


Composition (Three semester hours through John Brown University) Writing in a variety of modes and styles for different audiences and purposes. The sequence of written assignments builds on writing from personal experience and gradually integrates perspectives from published sources. A short,research-based essay is required. After the JBU course is completed, students will continue with either 11th or 12th grade Honors Literature.


(Three Semester Hours through John Brown University) Literary Analysis and Research. An introduction to the analysis of literary texts through reading and researching a selection of short stories, poems, dramas, and novels. In addition to essays of analysis of such works, a substantial research paper is required. (Prerequisite: EGL 1013 English I: Composition.)


(Three semester hours through John Brown University) A survey of American political, social, and economic history from the colonial era through the Civil War.


(Three Semester Hours through John Brown University) A survey of American political, social, and economic history from the reconstruction era to the present.


(Three Semester Hours through John Brown University) An introduction to the concepts of differentiation and integration. An emphasis is placed on applied problems in physical, life, and social sciences. (Prerequisites: In addition to other JBU prerequisites Pre-Calculus Honors and an ACT math score of 24 or SAT math score of 580.)


(Three Semester Hours through John Brown University) Selected and coherent topics in the sciences of physics, chemistry, and earth science. An evaluation of the scientific method and the contributions of the theories and facts of science to society are emphasized so that students have sufficient information to evaluate arguments using scientific justification.


(Three Semester hours through John Brown University) Advancing study of the language skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The first course entails a comprehensive grammar analysis; the second involves much cultural and literary reading and writing of short compositions. (Prerequisite: Spanish III)


(Three semester hours through Regent University) Study of several different fields of mathematics and their applications for the liberal arts students. Through the process of discovery with everyday applications, students discover the beauty and elegance of mathematics as they improve their critical thinking and analytical skills. Topics include set theory, inductive and deductive reasoning, basic probability and statistics, number theory, algebraic modeling, basic geometry and trigonometry, and finance applications. This course cannot be applied to the Regent mathematics major. (Prerequisites: Algebra 2 with a grade of B or above and teacher/administrative approval)


(Three semester hours through John Brown University) Students gain theoretical and applied knowledge of public speaking techniques. Speeches will include extemporaneous, impromptu, informative, persuasive, and rhetorical analysis. After the JBU course is completed, the students will continue with Drama and the rest of the regular Speech II/Drama Curriculum.

Advanced Placement Course Offering

AP Music Theory

This college level course is designed for students with above average ability in music. Students will engage in intensive study of all aspects of music theory including notation, dictation, and ear training in accordance with the guidelines established by the Advanced Placement Committee of the College Entrance Examination Board. Open to grades 10 - 12. (Prerequisite: placement test and in tenth grade or above)

Please note that class offerings may vary from year to year
based on demand for the class.

Students taking AP courses are required to purchase their textbooks, pay for ($87) and take the College Board AP exam in the spring.