Gaining college experience while still a student in high school is an excellent way to explore your future interests, earn college credits, learn what college is like, and how it differs from high school.
There are several ways that you can do this while at Park Academy.
- Take a class at your local community college: Students can enroll in a single class of their choosing! Park Academy students have taken PE (soccer, hip hop, and ballroom dancing), foreign language, music, math and physics—the possibilities are endless! This could be a good option during the summer or during your senior year as part of your post-high school transition! The credits apply to your current high school and future college transcripts. Classes generally cost about $100 per credit hour and is the responsibility of the family.
- Dual enrollment: Students receive both high school and college credit for the same class. Park Academy has a partnership with Portland Community College through the PCC Dual Credit Program.
Students taking pre-calculus at Park Academy earn 5 college credits of Math 111 College Algebra. They are enrolled in PCC but receive free tuition through the Dual Credit Program. Dr. Mart is approved as a certified PCC instructor and has aligned her pre-calculus class, course materials and outcomes to the Math 111 class taught at PCC –and throughout the Oregon University system! Students in her class benefit from experiencing a college class before they even graduate from high school. Grades in this class appear on the students official PCC transcript and are transferable to other colleges. When offered, this opportunity is included with Park Academy tuition.