Dual enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity to earn both college and high school credit. All five high schools in Lexington One and the Lexington One Online Learning Academy (LOOLA) offer dual enrollment courses in conjunction with the University of South Carolina at Sumter and/or Midlands Technical College.
In 2019-2020, 522 students were enrolled in 1,584 courses, attempted 4,752 credit hours, and saved an estimated $2,376,000 in tuition costs. Student participation in our dual enrollment program has increased from 53 students in 2013-2014 to 522 students in 2019-2020.
Dual credit courses—whether they are taken at the school where the student is enrolled or at a postsecondary institution—are those courses for which the student has been granted permission by his or her home school to earn both high school units of credit and college credit. One quality point may be added to the CP weighting for dual credit courses that are applicable to baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, or certification programs that lead to an industry credential offered by accredited institutions per established district articulation agreements (see also SBE Regulation 43-234, Defined Program, Grades 9–12, and Graduation Requirements).
Dual Credit Articulation Agreements
To award dual credit, districts must develop detailed articulation agreements with partner Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), whether two-year or four-year colleges or technical colleges, that clearly outline the specific courses that will be allowed for dual credit. Students may not take college courses on their own time at an institution of higher education with the expectations that the course would be transcribed back to the high school transcript without first consulting the district to determine if the course is a part of the articulated agreement between the high school and IHE.
Students and families may have to purchase or rent textbooks for dual enrollment courses. Contact your school for more course-specific information or questions.
If you have questions, please contact Brandon Baskett, Dean for Higher Education Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.