Parents should consider the maturity level of their children when discussing the possibility of enrolling in Accelerated Learning Programs such as Dual Credit courses. Particularly if students are going to attend classes on the CSI campus, parents should consider that some students, who are otherwise academically ready, may find the independence and the rapid pace of college classes overwhelming and may benefit by remaining in high school classes. Some discussions in a college classroom may be considered inappropriate by parents. Freedom of expression in the classroom is an important issue to consider, as a variety of topics and opinions will be discussed.
Students should meet with high school counselors and teachers to evaluate whether accelerated learning is the best option. All Dual Credit coursework serves as a beginning to a student’s college transcript. A college transcript that reflects solid academic performance is the gateway to further studies in post-secondary education, and it serves as a primary criterion for acceptance into many programs at colleges and universities. The importance of high academic achievement in Dual Credit courses and the benefits students gain to further their academic careers cannot be overstated. In other words, a student’s performance in a Dual Credit class has implications for his or her future academic plans.
Students should also be aware that college class schedules may conflict with high school classes or extracurricular activities. While CSI operates on the semester system, starting and ending dates, holidays, and vacations may differ from those at area high schools. Nonetheless, students are expected to attend CSI classes, both on-campus and off-campus, even when high school may not be in session or a regularly scheduled class conflicts with high school extracurricular activities. Finally, those planning to attend an out-of-state college after high school graduation should check with that institution regarding transferability of classes.
Dual Credit course offerings will change from one high school to the next, depending on the availability of on-site instructors and academic calendars. In general, the College of Southern Idaho has arrangements for Dual Credit opportunities in the following areas:
Math, Allied Health, Agriculture, Chemistry and Physics, Information Technology, P.E. and Health, Business and Accounting, English, Biological Science, Communication, Social Science, Physical and Earth Science, Engineering, Education, and Foreign Language