Concurrent classes are a great way for your high school student to get the classes that are needed to graduate. It’s not a requirement by any means, and it’s not for everyone, but for those who choose to go this route there are some benefits.
- Concurrent classes not only count for high school credit but they count for college credit as well so it enables the student to get ahead on their college path.
- Many colleges offer tuition waivers for high school students taking concurrent classes so the cost of college can be greatly reduced.
- Homeschool moms who want to homeschool through high school but who might feel unqualified to teach a certain subject can have their child enroll in that class at a college and take a little of the pressure off of them.
- Students can begin to get a feel for what college life is like and get an idea of what their interests are.
- A semester class at a college level is the equivalent of a year-long high school class so high school course work could be completed much faster.
Some things to be aware of before enrolling in concurrent classes:
- Not all college credits will transfer from one college to another. If you are planning on taking concurrent classes at one school but attending college at another, make sure those credits will transfer first.
- Many scholarships are only given to a student who is classified as a freshman so you don’t want to take so many concurrent classes that you lose your freshman status.
- Some (maybe most) schools will still charge fees even if the tuition is waived so if the student is able to qualify for full scholarships and/or grants it may end up costing more money to enroll in concurrent classes.
- There are age requirements as well as ACT/SAT requirements that have to be met before you can enroll.
As always, homeschooling laws and regulations vary by state so you want to make sure to check the law in your state and also check with the college you are interested in before pursuing this path.
We researched concurrent classes for our kids when our daughter was a junior in high school. Even though I love the way this system works and the opportunity it provides, it didn’t work best for our family and we opted not to do concurrent classes. We have known other homeschooled kids who have done so though and they have excelled and thoroughly enjoyed the classes! If your child is interested in this at all I would encourage you to check it out and see if it would be a good fit for your family.