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Dual Enrollment Courses & AP Exams

Dual Enrollment Courses
Dual Enrollment courses are designed to help students earn college credits before graduating from high school.  The courses are taught by Derry Area High School teachers who are approved by the participating colleges and universities. Students receive high school credit and also have the option to receive college credit upon completion of the course.
It is strongly recommended that students thoroughly research the transferability of their dual enrollment courses by contacting admissions counselors at their future college choices. Although transferring dual enrollment credits to a college can provide many benefits, credits are not automatically accepted at all future colleges.
Students that participate in dual enrollment courses will receive credits and grades that will be incorporated into their high school GPA. Juniors and Seniors are eligible to receive college credits; exceptional Sophomores may be eligible to receive college credits with a teacher’s recommendation. This exception applies for St. Francis University and WCCC.
Courses at Derry Area High School that are eligible for college credits:
Costs & Registration Deadlines*  (2023-2024)
Mount Aloysius College
$67.00 per credit
Registration deadline: October 9, 2023
Penn Highlands ACE Dual Enrollment
$68.00 per credit
Registration deadline: September 22, 2023
Saint Francis University
$200.00 per course
Registration deadline: October 9, 2023
Saint Vincent University
$95.00 per credit
Registration deadline: Mid to late October 2023
Seton Hill University
$230.00 per course
Registration deadline: October 30, 2023
Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC)
$189.00 for 3 credit course / $252.00 for 4 credit course
Registration deadline: September 25, 2023
*Registration fees not included.
AP Courses & Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses enable students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement credit. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. Each AP course is modeled upon a comparable college course, and college and university faculty play a vital role in ensuring that AP courses align with college-level standards.

Each AP course concludes with a college-level exam developed and scored by college and university faculty members as well as experienced AP teachers. AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling students to demonstrate their mastery of college-level coursework. AP Exams are voluntary at Derry Area High School. Universities in more than 60 countries recognize AP Exam scores in the admission process and/or award credit and placement for qualifying scores.