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Get a Head Start on College!
 
Community Colleges provide ambitious students the ability to earn college credits - all while still in high school. Seniors, juniors, and qualified sophomores and freshmen are eligible to get a head start on their college course work.  You can now earn college credit for specific college-level courses right at your high school. During regular school hours!  Chandler Gilbert Community College is the Dual Enrollment partner for Hamilton High School.

Dual Enrollment Is the Right Choice for You to...

  • Earn college and high school credit simultaneously
  • Be confident that your credits will be able to transfer to the in-state university of your choice
  • Save money on college tuition and text books
  • Finish college faster
  • Eliminate duplication of coursework during your early years of college

For the most current information go to www.cgc.edu/dual and click on  "Participating schools" for a list of classes available at Hamilton.
 
 
For a complete listing of all colleges that accept dual credit hours from Maricopa Community Colleges, please visit www.maricopa.edu/transfer
 
 
In the 2012-2013 school year, students at Hamilton earned 3,501 Dual Credit hours through their enrollment in college level courses while still attending Hamilton High School.
 
 

Dual Enrollment Information

Where do I start?

Only certain classes qualify as dual enrollment. Please see your counselor to make sure you are enrolled in the correct class to receive the credit. For a complete listing of Hamilton’s dual enrollment classes,please use this link: http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/Academics/Dual/Class_Lists14_15/Hamilton%202014-2015.pdf

Placement Testing:

All CGCC courses require some form of placement testing, including electives and foreign language. Click here for a breakdown of what is required for each class. Testing is provided once a year at Hamilton, and year-round at CGCC.Testing is free of charge at both locations. For information about CGCC’s testing center, go to http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/Students/Testing/Pages/LocationHours.aspx

Registration:

Students should obtain a registration form from their dual enrollment certified teacher. Complete the steps indicated on the front cover to begin the registration process. Fill in the form completely, and then bring it to C223 to be reviewed and signed. Follow the above steps, and then turn in the paperwork to the admissions office at CGCC.

Payment:

Tuition for 2014-15 is $84 per credit hour, with a $15 registration fee per semester. If your student is enrolled in a year-long class, they only need to register in the Fall. Payment is done solely through CGCC. You may pay on-line. Payment plans are available, as well as financial aid. For more information, go to www.cgc.edu/dual. The payment deadline for Fall 2014-15 is Monday, September 22, 2014. For Spring registrations,the payment deadline is Monday, February 9, 2015.

FAQs:

My student took a class at Hamilton last year, and I just found out it was a dual enrollment course. Can he still get the college credit for that class?

Unfortunately not. The college requires that the student must be registered in the dual enrollment program while taking the class. There is no post-class credit offered.

My daughter took Pre-calc last year, and it wasn’t offered for dual enrollment. But her friend took the same class from a different teacher, and received the credit. Why?

CGCC has certain requirements that must be met in order to become an adjunct faculty member. Just because a course is offered as dual enrollment may not mean that teacher is certified with CGCC. Check with your student’s counselor to ensure they are enrolled in the correct classes to receive dual enrollment credit.

I’m trying to enroll my student in classes online, and it says they are full. But he is taking the class at Hamilton – why can’t I enroll him?

Because the college requires that the high school sign all registration forms, they have closed the online registration to dual enrollment. Have your student complete the registration form available from his teacher and follow the instructions for enrollment.

What is the difference between dual enrollment and AP? Does my student have to do both to get the college credit?

Both options offer students the chance to receive college credit while attending high school. They are separate programs, both with advantages for your student.

 Dual enrollment credit will transfer to any in-state university if the student passes the class with a C or better. However, many out-of state universities will not accept dual enrollment credit. For a complete listing of universities accepting dual enrollment credit, please see www.maricopa.edu/transfer.

AP credit will transfer to many universities across the country. The student must pass with a qualifying grade in order for the credit to be accepted, and policies vary from institution to institution. It is recommended that you visit the website of any college or university your student is interested in attending to research their specific credit transfer policies.

We encourage families to discuss both options thoroughly, as each student’s situation is different. Dual credit requires an upfront financial investment larger than the AP test, but may offer students with “test anxiety” a more comfortable environment to earn the credit. AP is more widely accepted across the country and is a less expensive alternative.

More Information:

Questions for CGCC can be directed to the Dual Enrollment office at 480-732-7006, or emailed to dualenrollment@cgc.edu.

Questions for Hamilton High School not answered here can be directed to our office at 480-883-5040.