Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment courses are taught at the high school by an FCPS teacher and offer college credit through agreements with a college or university.

Dual Enrollment courses allow high school students to earn credit toward their high school diploma and college credit at the same time. The number of credits that a student may earn in a high school course varies from course to course.

Where can students take these courses?

FCPS Locations

  • FCPS high schools
  • FCPS academies
  • FCPS online campus- classes are offered during the regular school day

These courses are taught by FCPS high school instructors who are NOVA adjunct professors and meet NOVA’s credentialing requirements.

Individual high schools, High school academy sites and the FCPS online campus, determine if they will offer dual enrollment courses based on:

  • Teacher endorsement requirements.
  • Existing course offerings.
  • Student interest.

NOVA Campuses

Students can take regularly scheduled college courses directly through NOVA and be part of the general student population at NOVA. 

Who can take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • High school juniors and seniors, who meet the established criteria, are eligible to participate in dual enrollment classes.
  • Freshmen and sophomores can be granted exceptions on a case-by-case basis.



Other Colleges

Other colleges may charge tuition. The tuition is significantly discounted because FCPS provides the instructor as well as the facility. The FCPS teacher will communicate tuition and other requirements to students at the beginning of the school year.

Dual Enrollment Benefits

  • Exposure to college level coursework.
  • NOVA credit if a student passes the class with a C or higher.
  • Potential to
    • Earn college credits.
    • Eliminate taking the same course in high school and college.
    • Decrease the time required to finish a college degree, certificate, or industry credential.
    • Lower postsecondary education costs.

Admission Criteria

Students who wish to take a dual enrollment course must meet the criteria set by the college or university for admission into the course. Students work with their high school to register for the course.

Dual Enrollment Policies

In cases where FCPS grading policies conflict with the college or university grading policies, the high school and college grades may differ. These policy differences may include assignment/assessment retakes, extended assignment due dates, and/or the lowest possible score on the grading scale. For course specific policies, students should refer to the college syllabus provided by their Dual Enrollment instructor.