PATERSON, NJ  – Paterson Public School District high school students are not only becoming increasingly prepared for their transition to college, they are also completing college coursework, and earning credits, while still in high school in record numbers, according to Superintendent Eileen Shafer.

Participation in Dual Enrollment classes more than doubled during the past two school years, according to district data.  

The number of district high school students enrolled in dual enrollment courses, made possible through a series of partnerships with colleges and universities across the state, was 561 during the 2018-2019 school year, up from 208 the previous year. Additionally, according to records the number of students earning a C or higher, and therefore obtaining college credits, increased from 197 to 510 from one year to the next. 

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“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,” Shafer said. “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.”

The most popular Dual Enrollment courses was Introduction to Business, which earned all 66 Rosa Parks High School students that participated in it credits at Passaic County Community College. 38 out of 39 students from International High School earned credits at Fairleigh Dickinson by passing an English Language and Lit class, while 35 out of 37 students at HARP Academy that took Dynamics in Health Care in Society earned credits at Rutgers University. 

Seton Hall University and William Paterson University also offered Dual Enrollment courses students from a total of 11 District high schools partnering with one of the five colleges and universities.

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