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.
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.