An articulated high school course is a high school course or courses that the faculty in the discipline have determined to be comparable to a specific community college course.
Students whom have taken an articulated high school course may be able to earn college credit by choosing to participate in a credit by examination process. Specific credit by examination processes vary by institution.
Dual enrollment programs introduce high school students to college-level work, by allowing them to take certain college courses along with their regular high school classes.
Courses can be at a basic skill level (often intro-level English or Math), provide advanced academic work, or involve vocational or technical education. Students in dual enrollment programs – considered “special admit” students – must fulfill their required high school hours while taking any pre-college courses.
The purpose behind dual enrollment programs is to give students knowledge and skills – a pathway – that encourages them to continue on a post-secondary journey.