Family Christian Academy offers multiple courses for Dual Enrollment (DE) Credit. Dual Enrollment allows a student the opportunity to take a course in a high school classroom setting and receive college credit as well as traditional high school credit. In DE courses, students are taught by an FCA faculty member who has undergone extensive training at Louisiana State University and earned certification to facilitate dual enrollment courses.

The experience of taking a DE course is better preparation for the rigor of college study than a traditional high school course. Students are exposed to more challenging material, as well as the pace of college courses and the college lecture style. These courses still offer the safety net of small class sizes and easily-accessed one-on-one help. LSU has tracked the grade point averages of students who participate in high school dual enrollment into their freshman and sophomore years of college. These studies have shown that students who participate in dual enrollment classes during their high school years significantly outperform those who choose not to take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities.

Teachers at FCA are certified through Louisiana State University to offer dual enrollment credits in both English and mathematics courses. In English, FCA offers up to 12 hours of credit consisting of 6 hours from freshman-level English writing courses (ENGL 1001 and 2000) and 6 hours of sophomore-level English literature courses (ENGL 2025 and 2027). These credits can be earned alongside the traditional English III and English IV high school credit. In addition, students can earn up to 11 hours of mathematics credit, which can transfer to many other institutions. This credit can be earned in College Algebra (Math 1021), College Trigonometry (Math 1022), and/or Calculus I (Math 1550). College Algebra and College Trigonometry are offered as a part of high school “Advanced Math.” Because these credits are offered in a high-school setting, they have an extremely high success rate and can be offered to students for a much lower cost than courses offered in a traditional college setting.

Dual Enrollment coursework has a small fee associated with it; however, the cost is drastically reduced when compared to prices paid at LSU. For a DE course, the cost to the parent is $100 per credit hour. This cost equates to $300 for most courses and $500 for Calculus I. For reference, at LSU, these courses would cost $1275 and $2170, respectively. In addition, prospective DE students must meet a set of ACT and GPA requirements which vary based upon the level of course taken for college credit.
  • Mathematics 1021: ACT Composite and Math of 19 or Equivalent PSAT/Pre-ACT
  • Mathematics 1022: ACT Composite of 19 and ACT Math of 25 or Equivalent
            Alternative: Credit in Mathematics 1021 with a grade of “C” or better
  • Mathematics 1550: ALEKS Calculus Placement Test Score of 70% or higher
  • English 1001: ACT English + Composite of 38
  • English 2000: ACT English + Composite of 53
            Alternative: Credit in English 1001 with a grade of “C” or better
  • English 2025 and 2027: ACT English + Composite of 38, Teacher Recommendation
Some students who have taken part in these rigorous courses have earned composite ACT scores in the mid and upper 30's, with one student making a 35, which places these students in the upper crust of college-bound seniors nationwide.

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