Dual Enrollment for High School Students
The Indian River State College Dual Enrollment program allows eligible students to simultaneously earn high school credit (toward their high school diploma) and credit toward an Associate Degree or career training certificate for an eligible course.
Through IRSC Dual Enrollment, eligible public, charter, private and home education students get a jump on college, saving both time and money. Dual Enrollment students are exempt from application fees, tuition and laboratory fees, and public and home school students receive required textbooks at no charge. (View schools list and articulation agreements.)
Follow these steps to begin the Dual Enrollment admissions process:
- Meet with your high school counselor to obtain your GPA, and discuss credits needed for high school graduation.
- Complete the application for admission. On the Applicant Profile page, complete the fields as follows:
- Academic Level = Associate
- Program of Study = Dual Enrollment
- Anticipated Start = choose the semester that you intend to begin taking classes
- Campus = select your current high school
- Student Type = Dual Enrollment
- After you submit the application, the Applicant Home page will display again. Sign back into your Application Account.
- Access your application to upload and submit the Dual Enrollment Program Agreement (Form 508). The form must be signed by the student and the parent or legal guardian (if the student is under 18 years of age). For private and home education students, the form must be signed by high school designee.
- Take the P.E.R.T., or submit official college placement scores (ACT® or SAT®) that are no more than two years old.
- Register for and complete online Dual Enrollment Orientation.
Congratulations!—You are now admitted into the Dual Enrollment program.
Next steps required prior to registering for classes:
- Check your email for instructions to log into your MyPioneerPortal for access to your Workday student account for registration, Blackboard and more.
- Select the Academics worklet and check the Registration Requirements area. You must satisfy all the items listed in the Registration Requirement sections prior to registering for classes.
- Meet with your high school counselor to determine appropriate first semester courses. Note that SLS 1101 is a required first course for college-credit seeking students.(View Dual Enrollment course listing.)
- Register online in Workday, accessible through MyPioneerPortal.
Additional steps for Home Education Students and Private School Students not using the DEAN System:
- Complete and submit the Dual Enrollment Registration (Form 68) to the nearest IRSC campus. Forms must be signed by the student and the high school designee, and parent or legal guardian (if the student is under 18 years of age).
- Home education students registering for Dual Enrollment at IRSC must also complete the Home School Dual Enrollment Agreement and provide proof of enrollment in a home education program from their local school district, pursuant to Florida Statutes 232.02(4).
Attend A Dual Enrollment Information Session
Eligible students may take Dual Enrollment courses, free of charge, at any of the five IRSC campuses, online through the IRSC Virtual Campus, and at many Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie County high schools. Attend an upcoming information session to get started.
Return to an Application to Upload Documents
To log back into your application and upload any required documents, return to the IRSC Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your submitted application under Your Applications—click on it to see actions required and upload any required documents.
For additional help with the application process, visit the IRSC Applications page.
Check to See if You Can Register for Class
Log into Workday, click on Academics worklet and check the Registration Requirements area. Once all actions are completed (no pending Actions or Holds), you will be clear to register for classes (see screenshot):
When and where may Dual Enrollment courses be taken?
Dual Enrollment courses may be taken before, during or after school, or during the summer. They may be offered at the high school or College.
How many high school credits are awarded for Dual Enrollment courses?
Typically, six postsecondary semester credit hours earned through Dual Enrollment will equal one high school credit. However, for several Dual Enrollment courses, three postsecondary semester credit hours will equal one high school credit. Students should check with their guidance counselor for information regarding how Dual Enrollment courses apply to high school graduation requirements.
How are Dual Enrollment courses weighted?
Many college-credit Dual Enrollment courses are weighted the same as honors and advanced placement courses when grade point averages are calculated. See your high school guidance counselor for details. State universities are not required to weight Dual Enrollment credit in calculating grade point averages for admission.
Are all courses eligible for Dual Enrollment?
No. The following are ineligible for Dual Enrollment:
- Career Training preparatory instruction
- College preparatory instruction
- Other forms of pre-college instruction
- Physical education and recreational studies that focus on physical execution of skills rather than the intellectual attributes of an activity
- Private music lessons
What are the three types of Dual Enrollment?
Academic: Students may simultaneously earn high school credit toward a high school diploma and college credit toward an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree. Students studying at IRSC may be part-time or full-time. To enroll in academic coursework, students must successfully complete an entry-level examination as required by Section 1008.30, Florida Statutes. For the purpose of this agreement, ACT®, SAT®, and/or P.E.R.T. scores are acceptable.
Early Admission: Highly qualified high school students may enroll full-time in college and simultaneously earn high school credits toward a high school diploma and college credit toward an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree. Students must have completed, prior to early admission, a minimum of six semesters of full-time, secondary enrollment (grades 9-11). Eligibility criteria (see Academic section above) also applies to Early Admission.
Career/Technical: Students may simultaneously earn elective high school credit toward a high school diploma and career/technical credit toward an Associate Degree or Technical Certificate. Students studying at IRSC may be part-time or full-time.
Will Dual Enrollment courses transfer to other colleges and universities?
Dual Enrollment college credit will transfer to any public college or university offering that course with the same prefix and number and must be treated as though taken at the receiving institution. However, upon high school graduation if students do not attend the same college or university where they earned the Dual Enrollment credit, the application of transfer credit to general education, prerequisite and degree programs may vary at the receiving institution.
What skills do I need to become a successful Dual Enrollment student?
The most successful dually enrolled students are self-directed and have strong communication skills and adequate reading and writing skills, are good test takers, and have the ability to understand classroom materials. They commit the appropriate amount of time to each class. Dual enrollment students
- immediately ask for help
- exhibit patience and persistence
- show signs of maturity and responsibility
- understand how to utilize a computer
- complete work on time or before it is due
- adhere to deadlines without reminders from the instructor
- work independently without reminders from the instructor
- exhibit self-discipline.
What about grades?
Courses offered under Dual Enrollment are postsecondary courses; therefore, all assignments and exams will be college-level and will be graded on a college-level basis in accordance with all appropriate IRSC policies. Under the IRSC grades and records policy, final grades for each term are recorded and preserved. Grade reports are sent to students at the end of each semester. Grades are no longer mailed to students.Throughout their studies at IRSC, Dual Enrollment students must maintain a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.0 for college credit courses and a minimum unweighted grade point average of 2.0 for Career Training clock-hour courses.
What about withdrawals?
IRSC permits withdrawal from a course without receiving a grade penalty provided the appropriate IRSC deadlines are followed.
Are Dual Enrollment students eligible for Financial Aid?
Students who are taking Dual Enrollment classes at IRSC are not eligible for federal financial aid since financial aid recipients are expected to have earned a high school diploma. It is important; however, to note that your efforts in Dual Enrollment classes may have an effect on your future financial aid eligibility. (See Satisfactory Academic Progress)
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
Financial aid offices in every college in the country are required to keep track of every student's academic progress. This measurement is called Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP at IRSC has three requirements. All of these requirements are cumulative and therefore consider all college-level classes a student has attempted, including high school/college Dual Enrollment classes.
Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average (GPA): The GPA calculation will include all of your classes. Each grade is assigned a value as follows: A-4, B-3, C-2, D-1, and F-0. When you receive your final grade, that grade value is multiplied by the number of credit hours for that course, and this number is added to similar results from all your other courses. Then that sum is divided by the total number of credit hours you have taken. This is a Grade Point Average (GPA). You must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 or "C" average to remain eligible for financial aid.
Satisfactorily complete at least 67% of the credit hours: The completion rate percentage is calculated by dividing the number of credit hours completed by the number of hours attempted times 100. For example, consider a student who enrolls in six hours and completes only three hours. That student has a 50% completion rate (3 divided by 6 times 100). It is important that students choose courses wisely so as not to withdraw or fail in their coursework.
Complete degree/program in no more than 150% of the normal time allowed: The total attempted credit percentage calculation is the total number of credit hours attempted divided by the number of hours in the student's program times 100. For example, an Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree is sixty hours in length. Students will not be eligible for further financial aid after they have attempted more than 90 hours (90/60 times 100). If you take courses which do not count toward your degree, or if you withdraw or fail courses, you may find yourself in this situation toward the end of your degree program.
What are Dual Enrollment instructional requirements?
Students enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes at IRSC are assured of the same standards of instruction as in all other college classes, including academic practices and the collegiate learning environment.