Dual-credit courses offer students the opportunity to receive credit that can be applied toward their high school diploma and toward a college or university degree.
For students at Elmwood Park High School, this means they have the option of enrolling in dual-credit courses with Triton College and Benedictine University.
No Extra Fees
There are no additional fees to enroll in dual-credit opportunities at EPHS. However, students must complete the registration process at the respective dual-credit college or university.
Please note that a placement exam or SAT score may be required to participate in dual-credit opportunities.
Transferable College Credit
Looking ahead to college, students do not need to attend the college or university from which dual credit was received in order to earn college credit for these courses.
In other words, these credits are often transferable to other institutions of higher learning.
But it is the responsibility of the student to find out if their prospective college or university will honor their dual-credit courses and credits taken during high school.
Dual Credit with Triton College
EPHS juniors and seniors may enroll in selected Triton College classes for high school credit as well as transferable college credit.
While most of these courses are given off campus at Triton, several are taught here at EPHS:
- Accounting I
- Accounting II
- Virtual Enterprise International
Triton courses traditionally offered for dual credit have been in these two-year programs:
- Allied Health
- Automotive Technology
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Engineering Technology
- Hospitality Arts
- Culinary Arts
- Nursing Assistant
- Personal Training
Credits earned in these areas apply toward both a certificate and an associate degree in applied science. However, course options vary by semester and are posted by Triton College approximately six weeks before the semester begins.
EPHS students may complete the application process for Triton and register through EPHS for a Triton course during the registration window at the high school. Students will then choose a specific course when the list of courses becomes available.
Students who wish to enroll in a Triton course will need to complete an application and submit standardized test scores and/or take the Triton Placement Exam in order to be accepted as a student of the college. Elmwood Park school counselors will facilitate this process for each interested individual.
Credits earned for courses taken through Triton's dual-credit program are recorded on an official Triton College transcript.
Dual Credit with Benedictine University
Through Elmwood Park High School's partnership with Benedictine University, eligible students may take college-level online courses in the following subjects:
- American History 1865-Present
- British Literature
These courses are taught by Benedictine University faculty, and they meet the rigor of the on-campus versions of the university courses.
As with Triton dual credits, any credits earned through participation in the program with Benedictine can be applied to EPHS graduation requirements and in most cases are transferrable to other colleges and universities.
To be eligible for participation in the dual-credit program with Benedictine, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school during the year of participation.
- Possess a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or be AP eligible at their high school.
- Have a recommendation from their high school administration for participation in the program.
Eligible students who have been recommended must apply to the Benedictine University Dual Credit Program.
Students who have previously taken a dual-credit course at Benedictine must reapply each term to verify eligibility and provide updated information.
Parents must sign the dual-credit application form if the student is under the age of 18.
Credits earned for courses taken through Benedictine’s dual-credit program are recorded on an official Benedictine University transcript.