what is Dual Credit and how does it = College savings?
Our Dual Credit program is unique in that it allows students to earn high school credit while at the same time earning transferable college credit. In partnership with Portland Community College and Oregon Institute of Technology, Horizon Christian offers 55 fully transferable university credits to our students that include courses in math, writing, economics, social science, and more.
These courses follow college curriculum, use college textbooks, and are graded using college standards. Unlike AP classes, IB curriculum, or even traditional honors courses, students are enrolled in a legitimate university class and not just a more difficult high school course. These courses prepare students for the academic rigor they will encounter at the university level.
The financial benefit of our Dual Credit program allows our students to graduate with a Horizon Christian diploma and a transferable college transcript showing the earned college credit. This has the potential to save $1,000’s of dollars by allowing students to enter college with 1 to 3 terms of college credits completed. That translates to substantial savings when you consider the reduction in the financial outlay a student would pay for their college education. Students are able to graduate 6 months to a year early because of these Dual Credit courses.
"Dual credit courses gave me insight of what a college classroom looks like. I saved nearly $15,000 by taking dual credit classes at Horizon. The teachers at Horizon truly care about each student and are willing to offer help because they want to see each student succeed and be prepared for the future."