Charles Town, W.Va.- Jefferson County Schools and local higher education institutions will offer Jefferson County juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit through a dual enrollment program.
Shepherd University and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College will begin offering their own individualized programs during the 2017-2018 school year. Jefferson High and Washington High juniors and seniors can enroll in college-level courses while receiving credit from the student’s high school, as well as the college. Students will receive a tuition discount and will be able to transfer credits to additional public institutions.
“This partnership with our local higher education institutions is a wonderful example of how JCS strives to create lifelong learners that are ready for the 21st-century workplace," said Bondy Shay Gibson, superintendent of Jefferson County Schools. “Shepherd University and Blue Ridge’s passionate faculty will take student achievement to the next level,” she continued.
The Dual Enrollment Program will offer a total of 66 courses, encompassing a variety of subject areas catering to various student interests. Elective options will include subject areas spanning history, English, math, science, art, communications, foreign language and engineering.
Class offerings can be completed at the institution, the student’s high school or online. High school students can enroll in the program with discounted tuition rates ranging from $84 per credit to $25 per credit.
Prospective students must complete a High School Dual Enrollment Application, as well as have a letter of recommendation from a principal, guidance counselor or homeschool evaluator. Among other stipulations, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher that is reflected on an official high school transcript.
About Jefferson County Schools
The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” With a total of 17 schools, the district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. The county is home to eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools. Since 2000, Jefferson County has been one of the fastest growing localities in West Virginia, experiencing more than 30 percent growth in its population. As one of the top ten employers in Jefferson County, the district annually receives teacher grants for programs that contribute to hands-on learning, preparing students for the 21st-century workplace. To learn more about Jefferson County Schools, visit boe.jeff.k12.wv.us.