If your family is uncertain of the track to take, the following questions may help you sift through the options:

     •How much money is your teen saving by taking courses at a community college versus a four-year university (calculate in the savings of room and board, campus fees, books)? Does that savings amount to as much or more than he is likely to be awarded in scholarships?

     •How many years of residency does your teen’s major course of study require at the university?

     •Does the college of choice accept dual enrollment credits? How many?

     •Does your teen have a dream school in mind? Will transferring in provide him with a greater likelihood of acceptance?

One last question to ask: If your teen will be transferring to a college or university as an upperclassman, will she be younger than the rest of her classmates? How ready is she to be exposed to the dating scene and to friends who have been away from home for a longer period of time? These are areas worth discussing with her so that you and she will be comfortable with the situation.

Conclusion

Taking all of the above information into account, dual enrollment offers your teens an array of opportunities. Participating in these courses will not necessarily accelerate your children’s high school education. Rather, it provides challenging courses for those who are academically advanced. It is also an option for courses that are not generally available through high school curricula or for courses of interest to spice up the high school years. Dual enrollment can also open up horizons for future career possibilities.

Assess your teen’s abilities honestly, choose courses carefully, pray about it, and enjoy watching your teen blossom with the challenge. 

Becky Cooke andDiane Kummer serve as High School Coordinators for Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and helped develop HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru Highschool Web site six years ago. As former homeschool moms of now-grown children who have graduated from college, Becky and Diane can relate to your good times and bad! Their desire is to help you homeschool through high school with excellence. Most of all, they pray that your homeschooling years are full of joy and the delight of knowing that your investment in your teens is seen and rewarded by the Lord.

This article was originally published in the May/Jun 2011 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Request a FREE sample copy at http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com.