In 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation (RIGL 16-100) that called for the adoption of a statewide policy for dual enrollment that allows students to take college courses to earn credit at both the secondary school and the higher education institution. Subsequently, the Board of Education adopted regulations in April of 2015, that provide all qualified Rhode Island high school students access to college level coursework while still in high school.
There are minimum eligibility criteria for high school students who wish to take dual and concurrent enrollment courses. Together with Highlander school counselors, it will be determined if a student meets the criteria for enrollment.
According to a graduate of Highlander's Class of 2017:
"The dual enrollment program is an awesome opportunity to get the college feel as a senior in high school. Taking advantage of this program gave me the chance to be in a college classroom, receive a syllabus, and have midterms and exams all for the first time! You're treated just like all the other college students in the room. All of the credits can transfer over when you enroll in college! If you do take a college class, it's okay to feel overwhelmed, or anxious, it's apart of adjusting to the new environment and the responsibility. The dual enrollment program also introduces you to time management. Since you're a high school senior and a college student when taking a course, it's up to you to figure out when to do what. You have to be able to manage your time wisely! I also suggest maybe taking the same class as some of your friends as well. It makes it easier to go over the material and form study groups when it comes to midterms and exams.
It's an awesome experience, you'll love it! "