Two students set up their class schedules with the goal of earning college credit for courses they were taking while still in high school.
But now, as they get closer to actually starting college, the Greenwood Community High School seniors aren’t sure how much money they really have saved by taking the classes in calculus, chemistry, English and psychology courses as high schoolers.
Students who complete most dual credit courses at Greenwood receive college credit from Indiana University, but Meghan Miller is planning to attend Ball State University, and Anna Belovic will be going to Purdue University in the fall.
The universities’ admissions departments will decide whether to accept any of the roughly 20 credits both seniors will have earned by the time they graduate this spring.
Greenwood currently offers both Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses for students hoping to earn college credit, but recently the high school has been scaling back its AP offerings and increasing dual credit courses.
Guidance director Bill Ronk prefers the dual credit courses because AP courses require students to pass an end-of-year exam to earn college credit. Students taking dual credit courses receive whatever grades they’ve earned in the course on an IU transcript.
“I’m far more interested in how the student actually does in the course,” Ronk said.
Belovic is already planning to retake courses in chemistry, biology and calculus as a freshman at Purdue.
The university wants her to get used to the fast-paced college schedule by taking courses she was already familiar with, Belovic said.
“It just helps you get a basis for your first year. You don’t have to have all that stress on you,” she said.
Miller, who is attending Ball State University next year to study architecture, didn’t take the end-of-year exam for the AP courses she took as a junior because she missed the test’s registration date.
That means she also missed out on the college credits she could have earned for taking the classes.
She prefers Greenwood’s dual enrollment courses to the AP offerings.
By the time Miller graduates this spring, she estimates she will have earned nearly a year’s worth of credits at Ball State if the university accepts them, and she didn’t have to pass a test to receive them.
“It’s not mandatory to pass the test to get the credit. You get the credit because you paid for it,” Miller said.