Dual Credit and Credit By Proficiency
Health and Science High School offers
many classes that include both high school credit and the option for college
credit at the same time. In our Science Department, students have the ability
to receive dual credit in Biology, Health, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, Biomedical Innovations, and Chemistry through
our partnership with OIT. Pre-calculus is offered thru PCC. Through the Portland State Challenge Link program we
offer Spanish 201, 202 and 203, Calculus and Writing 121. Many of our engineering classes offer credit by proficiency through OIT.
All of our dual credit and credit by proficiency classes are taught by university qualified staff. Students are able to get college credit for a tuition fee that is substantially less than the cost of the
same credits once students are in college. Student who are enrolled in PSU classes have access to additional services at PSU beyond what we are normally
able to offer HS2 students at large.
While we believe that both AP and IB programs
are fine programs to introduce students to the rigors of college expectations, at
HS2 we choose to offer dual credit and credit by proficiency programs that take one additional step above
AP and IB courses. Dual credit courses actually enroll students in college
courses at the beginning of each semester, hold them to the same expectation as all other college students, and
provide opportunities for additional support within our high school environment
(easier access to teachers, greater structure in their daily environment, and
reduced college tuition for all students). For credit by proficiency, students must maintain a B average in their classes and demonstrate proficiency via their capstone projects. For questions about credit by proficiency, contact engineering teacher Tom Baker.
Click here for a detailed description of our current offerings and instructions on how to register for each college.