The number of Paterson high school students taking college courses by participating in the district’s dual enrollment program has doubled, according to data the Paterson Public Schools released on Tuesday morning.
407 students were participating in dual enrollment courses in 2018-19 school year, up from 193 in the 2017-18 academic year.
Students were taking courses at Rutgers, Seton Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson, William Paterson, and the Passaic County Community College.
Dual enrollment allows students to earn college credits for classes taken during their high school years.
“This is the latest evidence that shows how more Paterson students are seizing opportunities for academic success as well as for gaining ground on their college degrees,” said superintendent Eileen Shafer. “Dual Enrollment classes save students time in earning a college degree, and save their families money as students earn credit while they are still in high school.”
81 Harp Academy students took courses — Anatomy & Physiology 1, Anatomy & Physiology 2, Dynamics of Health Care in Society, and Medical Math — at Rutgers University.
115 John F. Kennedy High School students took Chemistry, Applications of Education, English 101, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, and Psychology at Seton Hall, William Paterson, and Passaic County Community College.
64 Rosa Parks High School students took Principles of Business at Passaic County Community College.
147 International High School students took International Baccalaureate (IB) Language and Literature II HL, IB Visual Arts II HL, IB Physics I SL, IB Physics II SL, and IB World History at Fairleigh Dickinson University.