Taking College Courses

Taking Community College Classes in High School

Are you a high school student who is interested in taking classes at a community college? Community college classes can be a great way for high school students to take courses that are more challenging and prepare for college.

While the primary purpose of community college is to provide an education to college students, most now also offer classes to people of varying ages and levels of education, from children to senior citizens.

Many community colleges allow high school students to take certain classes. Sometimes high school students are only able to enroll in introductory classes, and they may be required to submit their high school transcript or a teacher recommendation as proof that they can handle a college-level course.

Some high schools have organized programs with community colleges that allow high school students to take college classes as a replacement for one or more of their regular high school classes. These classes can help high school students strengthen their transcripts and prepare for college.

Other times, high school students choose to take community college classes without receiving any high school credit; however; they may be able to receive college credit once they enroll in a college or university.

What are the benefits of taking community college classes in high school?

 Benefit #1 You can take more advanced classes.

 Benefit #2 They can help your college application stand out 

 Benefit #3 You'll be better prepared for college  

What are the drawbacks to taking community college classes in high school?

 Drawback #1: They can be challenging 

 Drawback #2: They may not always be fulfilling 

 Drawback #3 They can be expensive