Looking Back at Dual Enrollment

Looking Back at Dual Enrollment

In this “Looking Back” series, I’ve been doing just that – looking back on my homeschool experience and sharing my tips or suggestions for high school.  However, I never dual enrolled.  Therefore, this post is a bit different than usual.  You see, up until now, every post has suggested styles, curricula, and schedules that I have used myself.

Well, in this Looking Back post, I’m talking about something I wish I would have done – that is, dual enrollment.  As a homeschooled teen, have you considered dual enrolling at your local community college?

I wish I would have taken advantage of the CAVIAT program at our local community college.  Basically, it’s a program that allows eleventh and twelfth graders to take college classes for free tuition.  Students have to place and test into the program, but once they are in, it’s free.

It’s not even like I didn’t know about the program at that time.  Several of my friends dual enrolled, so I definitely heard a lot about their college class experience.  I suppose I just didn’t realize that I could dual enroll.  It never dawned on me to even look into dual enrolling for myself.  Thus, high school came and went and I did not dual enroll.

However, now that I’m graduated and have learned much more about dual enrollment through my job, I think it is a fantastic opportunity and one that every homeschooled teen should look into.  You might not have a program like CAVIAT at your college, but even so, dual enrolling is definitely worth checking out.


-Provides Opportunities for Labs

As homeschoolers, we often don’t have the resources to complete labs for science courses like Biology and Chemistry.  However, if you dual enroll in these courses, you’ll definitely have the opportunity to experience these labs.

-Earn High School Credit AND College Credit

You’ve heard the phrase “kill two birds with one stone,” right?  Well, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing with dual enrollment.  Now, you’ll have to check with your state to ensure this, but most states allow dual enrollment credit to count for both high school and college.   Now that’s the way to get your degree sooner!

-Social Aspect of Dual Enrollment

Okay, so there is a bit of a social aspect involved as well.  After all, as homeschoolers, we have to actively pursue friendships and activities that keep us involved with other people.  Still, I think we often just associate with “people like us” – other homeschoolers.  While this isn’t necessarily bad, some socializing with public-schoolers, adults, younger children, and people from all stages of life can be a fantastic experience.  People are obviously still people, regardless if they were homeschooled or not.  And that is the exact kind of experience you have when you dual enroll.  More likely than not, everyone will be older, but that is not a bad thing.  Embrace it, rather than just learning how to cope with peers.


So that is my take on dual enrolling.  I hope this was helpful!


More Resources on Dual Enrollment

30 Questions – What About Dual Enrollment?

Infographic on Dual Enrollment

Dual Credit at Home

What to Expect with Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment in Your State

FAQ about Dual Enrollment



Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at http://www.tiallarising.com.

September 15, 2014


  1. Nita says:
    Posted September 19, 2014 8:25 am

    I love the option of Dual Enrollment for homeschooled, traditional schooled high school students. You don't have to be homeschooled to benefit from this experience. My oldest son was in public school when I decided his time would be better spent getting college credit in 1/2 the time it would've taken him to do 1 year AP course then cram for the test. This worked out well for him (an average student) and allowed him to get his AA degree faster. Now for my homeschooled 10th grader -it pushed the envelop for her and allowed her to graduate from homeschool and Community College the same year. She also sped up the process by taking several CLEP exams for courses that she felt comfortable testing out of. It was a good experience. Although, if your family is highly religous and easily offended, the Community College route may be a big social challenge and therefore using CLEP/AP or Online Community College courses may be better. All in all it saved us a ton of money.

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