Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment
Earn College Credit in High SchoolAdvanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and Concurrent Enrollment programs offer students the opportunity to complete rigorous college level courses and earning college credits while in high school. Benefits of these programs include easing the transition to college level-work, completion of college general education requirements, reducing the overall cost of college tuition, and standing out in the college admissions process.
Advance Placement Courses
The Advance Placement (AP) program is administered by the College Board. Students enroll in the program through MMA. Classes are taught at MMA. To earn college credit the student must pass an end of course AP exam. Most colleges award credit for exam scores of three or better on the exam's five-point scale.
The Marine Military Academy offers the following Advance Placement Courses:
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- Calculus AB
- Physics 1: Algebra-Based
- United States History
- World History: Modern
MMA partners with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and TEL Learning & McMurry University to offer Dual Enrollment (DE) credit. At little or no costs, students are simultaneously enrolled in both high school and college receiving credit for the courses they successfully complete during the school year. College courses selected must match those of MMA's core curriculum.
Keep in mind, that students must apply and qualify to participate. At MMA, the program is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Concurrent College Enrollment
Like dual enrollment, concurrent college courses are completed through one of our university partners. These are courses that fall outside of MMA's college preparatory curriculum but may earn elective high school credits. These courses can be taken during either the normal school year or the summer. The breadth of courses offered allow students to explore areas of interest that may not be available otherwise. By finishing enough DE and concurrent courses a student could complete their general education requirements for their college degree. At MMA the program is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prior to taking a concurrent course, students must apply through MMA's Academic Department and qualify to receive elective high school credit.
Summer College Course Enrollment
Rising Juniors and Seniors, in the summer, may be eligible to take college-level online courses free of charge through one of our university partners. Approved coursework can earn both college and high school elective credits.
The summer college credit program allows students to strengthen their college applications by showing successful completion of college-level work and, because the program is free, lessens the overall cost of obtaining a college degree.
Students must apply through MMA's Academic Department and qualify to participate in the program.
Which Should You Take: AP or Dual Enrollment?
There may be opportunity to choose between a course offered in either the AP or DE programs. Which you choose ultimately depends upon your educational goals. Students who are seeking admissions to highly competitive schools should choose AP as these courses are standardized and recognized nationwide because they have a known rigor and quality.
Our university partners are Texas based institutions so college credit earned through dual or concurrent enrollment will transfer to any Texas public university. Students will need to check on the DE policy of out-of-state and private colleges to ensure they accept DE credits.
Before choosing it is required that you discuss your educational goals with your MMA counselor.