June 24, 2018


H.S. students earn 823 college credits - for free

Sept. 28, 2017


Duanesburg High School students earned a total of 823 college credits on campus last school year for free through a partnership with Schenectady County Community College (SCCC). The credits would have cost $127,565 if the students had to pay tuition.

Ninety-eight percent of the students who signed up for the University in the High School (UHS) courses earned college credits, none failed, and one percent withdrew.

"Last school year, five of our high school teachers participated in the UHS program through our partnership with SCCC to offer 11 college credit-bearing courses at no cost to our students," said Duanesburg Superintendent Christine Crowley.

"Our students submitted 262 registrations to SCCC for credit and earned a total of 823 college credits, a savings of $127,565 for them and their parents compared with normal SCCC tuition costs."

College-credit bearing UHS courses offered to Duanesburg students this school year include American history, calculus, computer applications, English, pre-calculus, sociology, and Spanish III, IV and V.

According to SCCC's Pamela McCall, national studies comparing high school students who took college in the high school courses to those who didn't show those who take the courses are "more likely to continue their postsecondary education, persist in obtaining a postsecondary degree, get higher GPAs [grade point averages], and have lower time-to-completion rates."