An annual report from Mt Hood Community College on the College Now Dual Credit Program shows that 301 Sandy High students earned 3,440 total college credits during the 2016-2017 school year, with a tuition savings of $323,360. In the 2015-2016 school year, 280 students participated, earning 3,026 credits at a savings of $284,444.
The College Now program allows high school students to earn both high school and college credit for free. Sandy High dual-credit teachers meet the same academic requirements for faculty and instructors teaching in the college and the courses they teach have the same level of rigor as courses taught on the college campus. Sandy High currently offers 37 dual-credit courses, with additional courses in progress.
Dual Credit instruction prepares students for subsequent college coursework just as effectively as college-situated instruction. Some students are able to progress well into their college freshman year, and in some cases even skip freshman year, saving thousands of dollars in tuition.