The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is committed to providing high-quality dual enrollment opportunities for students in both public and public charter schools and has supported these efforts across the District through scholarships, policy guidance and LEA-comprised working groups. Dual enrollment allows high school students to experience the academic rigor of college courses and understand what is required for success in college.
Two opportunities currently exist: the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program for public and public charter school students and the Dual Enrollment Scholarship grant program for institutions of higher education (IHE) partners. Please review the information below for additional details about participation and timelines.
DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program
Background and Overview
In 2018, OSSE, in partnership with local education agencies (LEAs) and IHEs in the greater Washington, DC area, developed the Dual Enrollment Consortium Program to promote increased equity and access to dual enrollment opportunities for District of Columbia public and public charter school students.
The DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program allows participating high school students to enroll in approved college courses at a postsecondary institution and potentially earn college and/or high school credit. OSSE is committed to providing high-quality dual enrollment opportunities for District students in public and public charter schools.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment
Dual enrollment allows high school students to experience the academic rigor of college courses and better understand what is required of them to succeed in college by enabling the students to enroll in approved college courses, taken at a postsecondary institution, and earn college and/or high school credit.
In addition, dual enrollment:
- Provides students with a head start on the college experience;
- Offers a diverse array of courses for students;
- Students may be able to transfer credits earned to a two-year or four-year institution;
- Dual enrollment is a cost-effective way to earn college credit; and
- Students can explore various careers and majors before enrolling in college full time.
Who is eligible for the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program?
Students must be District of Columbia residents to be eligible to participate in the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program.
Students must meet the IHEs requirements:
- Tenth-grade students with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or higher
- Eleventh and twelfth-grade students with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
- GED students with a 145 on two GED Ready tests, one of which is English language arts
How much will the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program cost?
- NO COST to students or parents if selected for the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program.
- OSSE will fund the cost of tuition and books for one (3-credit) course.
See the below list of IHEs currently participating in the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program:
- Bard College
- Bay Atlantic University
- Catholic University of America-Undergraduate Admissions
- Catholic University of America-Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
- Marymount University
- Montgomery College
- Trinity Washington University
- University of the District of Columbia-Flagship campus
The following LEAs below are participating in the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program:
- Basis DC
- Capital City PCS
- Carlos Rosario International PCS
- Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy: Parkside Campus
- District of Columbia Public Schools
- EL Haynes PCS
- Friendship PCS
- Goodwill Excel Center
- IDEA PCS
- Kingsman Academy
- KIPP DC
- Latin American Youth Center Career Academy (LAYCCA) PCS
- Maya Angelou PCS
- Paul PCS
- Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts
- The SEED School of Washington
- Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS
- Washington Latin PCS
- Washington Leadership Academy PCS
Check with your school counselor to learn more about the application process. Please note, DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program member LEA and school staff are responsible for supporting students in completing the program application.
OSSE DC Dual Enrollment Consortium Program Information and Forms
Dual Enrollment Scholarship Grant Program
The Dual Enrollment Scholarship grant program is an opportunity for IHEs and LEAs to seek funding for dual enrollment through existing partnerships. This program existed prior to the DC Dual Enrollment Consortium program. OSSE’s primary role is funding the scholarship, once the partnerships are established.
If you are a representative of an IHE and would like to review the Dual Enrollment Scholarship grant program information, please visit the Dual Enrollment Scholarship Funding Opportunity webpage.
For additional information, please contact:
Kalecia Baity, Program Manager
College and Career Readiness
Postsecondary & Career Education
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Email: [email protected]