Christina Russell – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Many LRHS students are trying to get ahead of the game for college by taking Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment (DE) classes. These classes help Mustangs further their education by counting as both a high school and a college credit.

Junior Regan Briggs said, “I am glad I made the decision to do full-time SCF next year. I will miss being around my best friends every day, but I think I’m taking a step in the right direction by doing early college.”

Junior Valerie Logrande said, “I have decided to do part-time SCF. The high school experience is important to me and I don’t want to miss out on my senior year, but I also want to get a head start… It’s all about baby steps!”

Students who plan to stay in state for college are more likely to take DE classes because they are guaranteed credits in the state where they are completed. However, some out-of-state universities do not accept this type of credit for regulatory reasons.

State College of Florida (SCF) Manatee-Sarasota regulates the credits to ensure their students’ success. The DE teachers at LRHS are certified by SCF and may teach classes at some of their campuses.

There are many options for Mustangs who are considering taking DE classes. Some Mustangs leave the LRHS campus during the day to take their DE college classes at an SCF campus, others opt to go to the SCF campus full-time their senior year, and some may also choose to take their SCF classes online.

Students who choose to take this path are technically still enrolled at LRHS. This means they can attend the dances and sporting events, participate in clubs, and are able to walk with the rest of their class at graduation.

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