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Dual Enrollment: Benefits of Taking College Courses in High School
Posted 3/10/23

Did you know there were 1,241 Napa Valley Unified School District students enrolled in dual enrollment courses through Napa Valley College during Fall 2022? In fact, two of every ten NVUSD high school students take college classes, more students than the statewide average of one out of every ten.

Dual enrollment provides students the opportunity to take college classes and earn college credit while still in high school, providing them the opportunity to earn credits toward their high school diploma, experience college-level coursework, and receive credit toward a college degree or certificate. According to Board Policy, NVUSD’s Board of Education offers these courses “to provide opportunities for eligible district students to enroll concurrently in courses offered at postsecondary institutions in order to foster individual student achievement, increase opportunities for students to complete college preparatory course requirements or career technical education preparation, and prepare students for a smooth transition into college by providing exposure to the collegiate environment.” Many of the dual enrollment classes are offered on NVUSD’s high school campuses and tuition is free through California’s College Promise Program.

Since dual enrollment courses began at NVUSD in the Fall of 2019, student course offerings have grown from five-course sections to 20-course sections as of the Fall of 2022. Courses offered included Intro to Administration of Justice at New Tech High School (NTHS), Voice I at American Canyon High School (ACHS), Calculus I & II at Napa High School (NHS), Intro to Business at ACHS, Intro to Entrepreneurship at ACHS, Intro to Hospitality Management at ACHS and Vintage High School (VHS), Sanitation & Safety/Culinary at ACHS and NHS, and Statistics at VHS. 

The benefits are not just seen among NVUSD students at NVUSD high schools. Nationwide studies show that dual enrollment students are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college after high school, and are more likely to complete a college degree or certificate. These students also save time and money by taking college-level courses while in high school. 

Questions about dual enrollment at NVUSD? Contact our Instructional Services Department at 707-253-3815.