What is dual credit?
WCA juniors and seniors can earn college credit as high school students by enrolling in dual credit classes and/or online dual enrollment classes through Colorado Christian University (CCU). The classes we offer satisfy general education prerequisites at most accredited universities. While it is always at a university's discretion to accept the transfer of credits from other universities, we have had virtually no issues transferring credits from CCU to other universities.
How does dual credit work?
Junior and senior students are eligible to enroll in our selected courses for university credit. This is usually done within the first month of each semester. Enrollment requires a one-time online application process and account setup. Upon completing the course, students will receive .5 credits (for a one-semester course) or 1 credit (for a full-year course) towards their high school diploma and 3 credits towards their college diploma. WCA maintains the high school transcript, while CCU maintains the college transcript.
Upon graduation from WCA, students will request their college transcript directly from CCU and have it sent to a college of their choice. Please remember that courses at CCU will have a unique course title and course number on the transcript. These almost always differ from the course title and course number on the WCA transcript.
What format are dual credit courses?
- Dual Credit:
Dual credit courses are taught in person by a highly qualified WCA faculty member. The faculty member holds a master’s degree in their subject area and is an adjunct faculty member at CCU.
- Online Dual Enrollment:
Dual enrollment courses are completed entirely online and are taught remotely by a CCU faculty member. Students will typically complete the course online through CCU during the school day with a WCA faculty member proctoring the class and providing supplemental instruction and guidance as needed (though this is not always the case for some courses).
How much do dual credit courses cost?
- Dual Credit:
Dual credit courses cost $300, which is paid directly to WCA. Students enroll online, and their student account at WCA is billed for the course. Wright Christian Academy then makes payment directly to Colorado Christian University.
- Online Dual Enrollment:
Online dual enrollment courses cost $300 plus the additional cost of required textbooks and materials. Students will enroll online. When students take an online class individually, they pay enrollment fees directly to CCU at the time of enrollment. When students take an online class together with all of their WCA classmates (cohort class), their student account at WCA is billed for the course. WCA then makes payment directly to Colorado Christian University.
- Exceptional Value:
Most courses are three-credit courses making for exceptional value to the student. For reference, a three-credit course at CCU typically costs $907 per credit hour or $2,721 per class. WCA students have the opportunity to earn 30+ college credits before they graduate from high school. WCA families save a great deal of money on their child's college education by enrolling for dual credit now.
Not all universities require the same general education courses, which may affect whether or not a course can be transferred from CCU for graduation credit to the university of your choice. You are responsible for obtaining a degree plan from your student’s college of choice, and you must verify that they will receive the credits from CCU for graduation credit.
Students must realize that they are building their college GPA and their performance in the dual credit courses is very important. There are no refunds for dual credit classes, and there are dates set by CCU for dropping a course without consequence to their college transcript. These dates will be communicated to the students upon enrollment. At the administration's discretion, students may not be allowed to enroll in a dual credit course because their academic performance is not at the college level.
Grades for Online Dual Enrollment courses will be included on the student’s high school transcript and will be calculated in the student’s GPA.