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College Catalog: Admissions Requirements: Admission of High School and Home School Students

Although high school and home school students are not normally qualified for general admission, PDCCC offers admission to those students who meet additional criteria. Dual enrollment is restricted to high school juniors and seniors and home school students studying at the high school junior or senior levels. Home school students must also provide a copy of a home school agreement approved by the school district or a letter from the local school board or a copy of the letter filed by the parent/legal guardian declaring home school for religious exemption. Documentation of parental permission is required for all dual enrollment students.

Because admitting freshmen and sophomores is considered exceptional, the college ready status of each prospective freshman and sophomore student will be treated on a case-by-case basis. Formal approval by the college president is required for admitting freshmen or sophomores.

All students admitted under this section must demonstrate readiness for college by meeting the admissions criteria specified below.

Students enrolling in a dual enrollment course must meet all course pre-requisites.

PDCCC does not enroll public or private high school students or homeschooled students in developmental courses.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment with Paul D. Camp Community College gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses in their own high school, at a PDCCC campus or center, or with PDCCC online. While students work toward high school graduation, they also earn college credits. Through agreements established with each local school system, students can even complete a general education certificate, general studies degree, or other credential at the same time they graduate from high school.

Dual enrollment has many benefits, both academic and financial. Through Dual Enrollment…

  • Students get early exposure to the academic rigors of college level coursework.
  • Students can lessen the time and money needed to earn a college degree or certificate.
  • Families receive significant college tuition savings on college courses taken at the high school. Earning an associate degree through dual enrollment can save up to $26,000 per year in college tuition, fees, and other expenses.
  • Qualified students can receive financial assistance toward the net cost of tuition.
  • Students earn college credits applicable to programs of study at PDCCC.
  • Students can earn transferable college credits applicable toward transfer and guaranteed admissions to four-year colleges and universities.

Paul D. Camp Community College uses dual enrollment as the primary means for high school students to earn college course credits. The use of dual-enrollment for this purpose provides the following benefits:

  • Dual-enrollment credits are awarded and recorded on the transcript at the time of successful completion of the designated course(s) thus providing high school students with official college transcripts.
  • Dual-enrollment credits are portable to all community colleges within Virginia and to most universities as identified in state and local guaranteed admissions and articulation agreements.

Specific course, program, and GPA requirements for transfer vary by academic institution. Students should carefully research the transfer requirements for the four-year colleges and universities to which they wish to apply. Transferability of courses is established by each institution and students completing associate degrees concurrent with high school graduation should check the guaranteed admission agreements on the Virginia Wizard www.vawizard.org.  Utilize the “transfer” tab on the VA Wizard web site to see transfer agreements, Guaranteed Admission agreements, Transfer Planner and Transfer Grant information.

Admission to Transfer Courses
Transfer courses, sometimes referred to as general education courses — those such as English, math, history, science, and social science – are designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities as part of the General Education Certificate or Associate of Arts and Science Degree programs. In order to take any Dual Enrollment transfer course, a student must meet the Admission Criteria for Transfer Courses in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.  (Placement in specific math courses is determined by results on the VPT-Math.)

Admission to Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses
Career and Technical Education courses – those such as welding, fire science, and industrial maintenance – are designed to prepare students for employment as part of Associate of Applied Science Degrees, Certificates, and Career Studies Certificates. In order to take any Dual Enrollment CTE courses, a student must meet the Admission Criteria for CTE Courses in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Required scores for CTE courses are lower than cutoff scores for Transfer courses.

Testing Requirements for Dual Enrolled Students
The Virginia Placement Test is offered by PDCCC free of charge to all prospective Dual Enrollment students. If students wish to use PSAT, SAT or other scores for dual enrollment placement, official documentation of test results must be provided to the college.

After completing an application for admission, students can demonstrate college readiness by scoring at or above specified levels on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) used by VCCS colleges, the PSAT, SAT, ACT, Compass and Asset assessments, and SOL (for math only). Students must also meet any course-specific prerequisites.

Admission Criteria for Transfer Courses

  Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Compass Asset PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/ Writing ENG 111 76 43 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading ENG 111 81 42 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Writing/Reading ENG 111 N/A N/A 390 480 N/A N/A
Mathematics MTE 1 25 33 500 530 22 Algebra I – Pass

Admission Criteria for CTE Courses

  Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Compass Asset PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/ Writing ENF 1 32 35 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading ENF 1 62 35 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Writing/Reading ENF 1 N/A N/A 390 480 N/A N/A
Mathematics MTE 1 25 33 500 530 22 Algebra I – Pass

Validated Credits
An alternative method to dual-enrollment for conferring community college credits for high school Career and Technical Education coursework are articulation agreements which include use of validated credits.  Validated credits are awarded based on student performance on business and industry certification assessments or college approved final examinations at the discretion of the community college.

Validated credits for secondary CTE students require one of the following criteria to be in place:

  • Any awarded credits must be based on student performance on an external certification or licensure examination that has been college approved or
  • A common final exam for the identified course must be administered by both high school and college faculty. This common exam may be developed by college faculty and used by high school teachers or may be collaboratively developed by college and high school faculty. Before the exam is implemented for the purpose of awarding college credits, it must be reviewed and approved by the academic administration at the college.