Is It Time to Try Concurrent Enrollment?

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It’s finally 2020! Can you believe it? The best part of a new year is getting to set new goals for yourself, whether it’s physical, mental, or educational. If you’ve been looking for a way to challenge yourself at school, and you’re ready to make a change, it may be time to try concurrent enrollment.

There are so many benefits to earning college credit in high school. Between learning time management skills and knocking some required college classes out of the way early, earning college credit is a great way to set yourself up for success.

But how can I earn college credit in high school?

There are a number of ways, but the most popular are dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment. While they’re similar, you’ll enroll in a major university with concurrent enrollment as opposed to a community college. That might not seem like a major difference, but you’d be surprised!

Concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital enables students to take college courses with ASU. ASU is ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation for the fifth year in a row and is recognized as a Research I university. You’ll be taught by real ASU professors, receive support from professors, teachers, and a Learning Success Coach, and have the opportunity to explore career pathways. Don’t believe us? Check out this student testimonial and see for yourself!

Alright, I’m ready to try concurrent enrollment! What now?

ASU Prep Digital is still accepting full-time applications for the spring semester. If you’d like to try concurrent enrollment through ASU, here are the enrollment deadlines and start dates:

  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (half semester)
  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (full semester)
  • Enroll by March 3 for a March 16 start date (full semester)

Complete the enrollment process here to begin your college career with ASU Prep Digital. We can’t wait to welcome you into our community of learners!

Benefits of Concurrent Enrollment at ASU Prep Digital

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From developing time management skills to saving money on college tuition, concurrent enrollment helps students kickstart their college careers. 

But how is concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital different than dual enrollment?

ASU Prep Digital embeds the university experience into high school, giving students an accelerated path toward university admission and future careers. You can see the differences between dual enrollment and the concurrent enrollment experience at ASU Prep Digital here, but let’s take an even closer look at some of the benefits of concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital:

Earn college credit from ASU

When you enroll in a concurrent course at ASU Prep Digital, you’ll be earning credit from ASU, ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation for the fifth year in a row and recognized as a Research I university.  You’ll be taught by real ASU professors, get access to ASU’s library of digital resources, and earn both high school and college credit, which will save you time and money once you get to college.

Receive layers of support

The transition to online learning can be challenging, especially if you plan on taking college level courses. It’s important to have a strong support system as you navigate through your courses. That’s why at ASU Prep Digital, you’ll receive support and guidance not only from your ASU professor, but also from your online teachers and Learning Success Coach.

Explore career pathways

It’s never too early to start thinking about a future major and how it could translate into a career someday. With the help of your Learning Success Coach, you’ll design a personalized pathway through high school, into college, and onto a career. You’ll be able to enroll in high school and college courses that align with your interests and work toward fulfilling requirements for your college major.

 

Ready to join our community of learners? Here are the full-time deadlines for the spring semester:

  • Enroll by January 6 for a January 27 start date
  • Enroll by January 20 for a February 5 start date*
  • Enroll by February 3 for a February 24 start date*
  • Enroll by March 2 for a March 23 start date*

*These start dates are compressed semesters, meaning you will be completing 5 or fewer classes in a shorter amount of time. 

 

And if you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of concurrent enrollment, please see the enrollment deadlines below:

  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (half semester)
  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (full semester)
  • Enroll by March 3 for a March 16 start date (full semester)

We also accept part-time applications on a rolling basis. You can get started here. And if you’d like to learn more about our program or inquire about enrollment, please schedule a call with an admissions advisor.

 

 

What’s It Like to Take a Concurrent Course?

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Alexis Stratman, a senior at ASU Prep Digital, has always been a hard-working, independent learner.

“I like guidance and direction for some things,” Stratman said. “But I strive when I’m in charge of my own things and can work at my own pace.”

When she discovered she could apply her work ethic to an online learning environment where she could also kick start her college career, the choice was a no-brainer.

“I chose to enroll at ASU Prep Digital my junior year mainly because of the college credit component,” Stratman said. “They offer college courses and credit that don’t require taking AP tests.”

Since she enrolled, Stratman has successfully completed four college classes through ASU: college algebra, sociology, first-year composition, and economics. 

“I think my favorite course was college algebra because math is my best subject,” Stratman said. “Actually, I finished the course several weeks early, which gave me more time to focus on my first-year composition class.”

That’s the great thing about online learning: you get to work on your own time. The flexibility component makes it easy to work ahead, spend more time on classes you need a little help in, or free up time to do things you love.

“I am very active in competitive cheerleading and my team travels a lot throughout the year,” Stratman said. “I can work ahead and plan ‘off days’ so my travel schedule doesn’t interfere with my studies and I get a little break.”

Concurrent enrollment has not only given Stratman the opportunity to get comfortable taking college level courses, but it has also helped her get ahead of the competition.

“At the rate I’m completing my college classes, I’ll be in a position to enroll at ASU as a sophomore next fall,” Stratman said. 

 

“I think switching to online school was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

 

Stratman has paved a successful path for herself and for those who want to follow in her footsteps, she offers this advice:

“I would definitely recommend taking a concurrent course,” Stratman said. “Some classes are harder than others, but they have prepared me for my future college courses. I know what it’s like to be responsible and I have been able to get an idea of how different professors teach and what their expectations are.”

And with graduation less than a year away, Stratman has her sights set on continuing her journey as a Sun Devil. 

“I’d like to major in business entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU,” Stratman said. “I can’t wait to see where I end up next fall with the help of ASU Prep Digital!”

 

Interested in learning more about taking a concurrent course at ASU Prep Digital? We’ll be outlining the benefits of concurrent enrollment here at ASU Prep Digital in our next blog post. In the meantime, sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on everything from events to enrollment deadlines.

What Are the Benefits of Earning College Credit in High School?

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As you navigate through high school, it’s no secret that college prep is at the forefront of your mind (probably due to your parents and teachers stressing its importance). While you’re deciding where to apply, studying for the ACT and SAT, and taking on more extracurriculars to enhance your application, there’s another factor you should consider: earning college credit.

That sounds crazy, right? Earning college credit in high school? Truth be told, it’s actually one of the best ways to prepare for college. Here’s why:

You’ll develop time management skills

College is all about being able to balance your schedule so you can get everything done in a timely fashion—and still have time to have fun! Additionally, college classes are more rigorous and require more of your time, whether it’s writing papers, completing assignments, or studying for exams. Taking a college course in high school will not only teach you how to manage your time effectively, but also how to handle college-level workloads without getting too overwhelmed.

You can explore different interests

Do you have a hobby that feels like it could be a potential career someday? There are so many subjects you can major in, whether you love to write, play video games, build things, or draw. A huge benefit of taking college courses in high school is that you get to explore different career pathways by taking classes that pique your interest and align with your passions. Check out this blog post that outlines four interests you can easily turn into a major once you get to college.

You’ll have less classes to take in college

Your first two years of college are filled with required general education classes. These consist of things like composition, college algebra and language courses, which you need in order to graduate. Many of these are available for you to take in high school, which means you can free up time in your freshman and sophomore years to enhance and personalize your college experience. It also means that you’ll be able to accelerate your path through college. This could lead to taking classes in your major sooner or even graduating early!

You’ll save money in the long run 

When you get to college, you’ll find the costs add up quickly when you account for classes, room and board, textbooks, food, and other miscellaneous items. It still costs money to take college classes in high school, but it’s significantly cheaper. Even if you only earn a handful of college credits before you graduate high school, it has the potential to save you thousands of dollars down the line. 

Going into college with several credits means taking less classes and potentially graduating early. Not only will you save money on not taking as many classes, but graduating early would also save you money on things like room and board and textbooks!

Now that you know some of the many benefits of earning college credit in high school, you’re probably wondering how you can enroll in college classes. In our next blog post we’ll explore how dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment are different. You can read a few of our related blog posts on this subject to familiarize yourself with both terms:

In the meantime, if you’re looking for more information on the benefits of earning college credit, check out these resources:

 

 

Four Areas of Interest You Can Turn Into Career Pathways

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You know what they say—if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. While it might seem like the start of your career is lightyears away, you’re actually building the foundation for your future right now. All of the things you love to do help you develop skills and knowledge in a variety of fields, which means it’s even more possible to do what you love and get paid for it. Check out these four areas of interest and what career pathways they can lead to:

Film

Who doesn’t love movies? If you’re the friend who spends hours dissecting and watching movies, reading screenplays, and learning about the history and culture of filmmaking, a career in the film industry might be on the horizon for you. ASU offers a degree in Film and Media Studies—and you can get started right now. By taking concurrent courses, such as Film History, Introduction to New Media, and Screenwriting Fundamentals, you’ll earn university credits and potentially complete 12 of the 39 required courses before you even begin your freshman year of college.

Digital Art

Are you fascinated by art and how it has become intertwined with technology? Do you play video games or watch movies and wonder how they’re made? There are jobs out there for you! ASU offers a degree in Digital Culture (Art), which can lend itself to careers in graphic design, video game design, or photography. By taking concurrent courses, such as Introduction to Digital Culture, and Digital Photography, you’ll earn university credits and potentially complete 10 of the 41 required courses before you graduate high school.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Do you enjoy stargazing or model building? An interest in these hobbies can actually lead to awesome careers in STEM. ASU offers an assortment of majors that fall under STEM and Earth and Space Exploration. From Aeronautics to Astrophysics to Civil Engineering, you are bound to find a pathway that will excite you. By enrolling in concurrent courses like Introduction to Engineering or Introduction to Global Health, you’ll be one step closer to a college degree before you even step on a college campus. In fact, you’ll begin your freshman year with ¼ of your required courses completed!

Health

Are you an advocate for exercise and nutrition? Are you always looking to help those around you? A career in the health field may be in your future! ASU offers a variety of majors in Health and Wellness, including Exercise and Wellness, Nursing, and Nutrition. Concurrent courses such as Introduction to Psychology or Found Health & Well-Being will give you a taste of what you’ll be learning when you take courses for your major in your junior year. Not to mention, you’ll be earning university credit and completing several courses while still in high school.

Taking concurrent courses that earn you both high school and university credit is a unique opportunity, which means being a Sun Devil gives you a head start on turning your passion into a career. 

Check out the different career pathways students can take to find the one that best fits your interests!

Course Review: BioBeyond

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If we told you that you could take a trip to Mars or journey into a cell, would you believe us? You should, because it’s all possible through an innovative course called BioBeyond.

BioBeyond is an introductory biology course offered through ASU and ASU Online as part of their BIO 100 – The Living World class.  And the best part is that full-time ASU Prep Digital students are eligible to take the course for free, allowing them to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously.

BioBeyond is the first online course of its kind, providing ‘education through exploration.’

The course strives to be unique to every student through adaptive, personalized learning. The learning pathway is designed to cater to each student’s individual learning pace and style, providing feedback and real-time guidance as they go through each unit.

You’ll start the course with a unit called “Biology Bootcamp” where you will be introduced to BioBeyond and the different scientific terms and practices you’ll need to be successful throughout the class.

You’ll quickly learn that you will not be taking exams or quizzes in this course. Simply put by the creators of BioBeyond, “you don’t like to take them, and we don’t like to grade them.” Instead, the course is designed like a game where you earn points as you learn new concepts. Who doesn’t love racking up points?

In order to ‘win’ points, you’ll be answering questions and interacting with simulations to demonstrate how much you’ve learned. There are four types of screens you’ll encounter during your lessons in which you will be able to earn points: Instructional, Simulation, Summative, and Formative. The point levels will vary based on how far along in the lesson you are and how much information you should’ve learned.

 

 

Once you learn about the structure of the course and the tools/skills you’ll need to be successful, you’ll be ready to journey forward with your lessons. You’ll learn everything from what organisms call the Galapagos home to how food is broken down into energy in the cell.

Along the way, you’ll be able to take virtual field trips during some of your lessons. And, as promised, you’ll have the opportunity to launch your crew on a mission to Mars!

BioBeyond keeps students engaged and having fun while ensuring they get through all of the course material they’d learn in a standard first-year biology course. And for those with a career pathway in mind, such as science, education, business, humanities, or communication, this can be the first step toward fulfilling grade 9 requirements—and discovering your love of all things science.

Interested in taking the course? Check out this introductory video and get started today.

Why Should You Enroll in a Concurrent Course in High School?

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Spring semester is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what classes you’ll be adding to your schedule next year. As you explore various course descriptions and determine what classes you need before graduating, consider taking a concurrent course.

Concurrent enrollment is an excellent option for high school students. It allows you to enroll at a university and take courses that count toward high school and college credit. Still on the fence? Here are a few reasons why enrolling in a concurrent course in high school is a great idea.

 

Save time and money.

Concurrent courses offer an accelerated path to college and careers. This is your chance to take university courses and earn credits in your major while still in high school, saving you both time and money when you get to college. You’ll not only earn credits while exploring potential majors but also participate in the university experience and prepare for the future workforce.
 

Explore college.

It’s never too early to start thinking about college. A concurrent course gives you a taste of the college academic experience. You’ll learn from real university professors and collaborate with other students. At ASU, concurrent high school students have access to a wealth of resources, including mentorship and instruction from a world-class faculty that includes Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners.
 

Learn how to communicate with professionals.

Taking concurrent courses in high school opens up new channels for communicating. Email, chat, discussion boards and video conferencing are common in college. You’ll quickly learn communication etiquette and how to properly correspond with professors and classmates in a professional and efficient manner.
 

ASU Prep Digital offers high school students the chance to take concurrent courses with Arizona State University. Check out the course catalog and find a class that fits into your schedule next semester. You can also explore the career pathways, which will put you on a personalized and accelerated path through high school, into college and on to a career.