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.

FCPS teachers serve as Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) instructors. They teach the courses in FCPS classrooms. High school academy sites and individual high schools determine if they will offer dual enrollment courses based on:

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

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.


Currently there is no tuition for courses at NOVA. 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.

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.


Students participating in a dual enrollment course with NOVA must be an 11th or 12th grade student. There are some exceptions for 9th and 10th graders. Students must apply to NOVA and pass the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) administered by NOVA or a substitute assessment such as the PSAT or SAT. Meeting admissions testing criteria for NOVA does not guarantee that a student has met all prerequisites to enroll in the course.