PMSA has begun a partnership with Triton College that allows them to align curriculum with college-level coursework and offer PMSA students more dual credit opportunities. Next school year, PMSA students will be able to select more classes that simultaneously earn both college and high school credit.
"PMSA faculty and staff have been working with Triton College to expand dual credit opportunities for next year," said Jonathan Paver, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Triton College. "With dual course offerings, students can receive credit that applies to both their high school transcript and their college transcript at the same time. Dual credit is an excellent way for students to shorten the time needed to earn a college degree."
PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols, has the overall goal of making all junior and senior classes dual credit. PMSA courses in the arts and sciences already parallel those offered at universities and are transferable to baccalaureate institutions. Currently, 25% of PMSA’s course offerings are dual credit. Echols says the community partnership with Triton presents greater opportunities for everyone.
"In addition to the opportunity to increase the rigor of our courses, it will look great on our students’ transcripts, it presents a phenomenal savings for our parents, and our dual credit offerings help PMSA to raise the bar of expectations," she said. "This program has allowed us to really increase learning opportunities for our students, and it sets us above as a school system."
PMSA department chairs have led efforts to get teachers certified to teach dual credit. Mr. Wardisiani and Ms. Vogt-Schuller are working with Triton College on what could be seen as one of the district’s greatest partnerships yet.
"This is a great way to get a lot of value for our kids," said Ms. Vogt-Schuller. "Offering our students college-level courses while they are still in high school gives them an opportunity to get started on their college course work. It essentially gives them a great head start in their college careers."
For more information about dual credit, students are encouraged to consult with their school counselors.