Dual Enrollment Program

Through established partnerships with colleges and universities such as Messiah College, Lancaster Bible College, Cairn University, and Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg Christian School's 3-1-3 Program allows academically prepared students to take discounted college courses while still in high school. Successful completion of these courses count for both high school and college credit. These college courses are "transcripted" by the college which makes these credits transferable to the college of your choice.

The opportunity to take a college course is dependent upon a number of factors: (1) the student's current academic record; (2) the student’s ability to meet HCS graduation requirements (some college courses can serve as an alternative to HS courses); (3) the student's scheduling of advanced HCS courses; and (4) the ability to schedule a college course into the high school schedule (this is in regards to college courses a student might elect to take off-campus).

All costs associated with taking a college course is paid by the student. Colleges will bill the student directly thus opening up opportunities for families to use 529 Plan and Education IRA savings. Juniors and Seniors interested in taking college courses should mark their course selection sheet accordingly. The Administration will make the final determination whether a high school student is eligible to take a college course during their Junior/Senior years. Below is a list of college courses offered for the 2015-2016 academic year as well as the cost:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the HCS 3-1-3 Program?
A. Harrisburg Christian School's 3-1-3 Program is a dual-enrollment program that allows students to earn up to one year's worth of college credit before graduating high school.

Q. Why is HCS offering college courses?
A. Harrisburg Christian School believes there are academic and financial benefits for offering students college courses while they are in high school. Academically, college courses serve to challenge college bound students with courses that reflect the college experience while maintaining the support system found during the high school experience. Financially, with the rising costs of high education, families are looking for most cost-efficient ways to access both private Christian education as well as college education.

Q. Is the school accredited?
A. Harrisburg Christian School students can earn up to 30 college credits.

Q. Is the school accredited?
A. Harrisburg Christian School offers college courses through established partnerships with colleges and universities such as Messiah College, Lancaster Bible College, Cairn University, and Harrisburg Area Community College. Courses are taught by either visiting college faculty or by authorized dual-credit HCS instructors.

Q. Is the school accredited?
A. The price per 3-credit course can range from $150 to $450. A student who takes all ten courses will pay no more than $2,480. A comparable cost for 30 credits would be $33,000 at a private college, $19,000 at a public college, and $6,000 at a community college. Families can save between 59% and 93% on one year of college by taking advantage of this program.

Q. Are these courses transferable?
A. The best answer is "Yes, most likely." Because the courses are being "transcripted" by each college, students will be able to transfer courses to the college or university they choose to attend. As with any transfer, colleges and universities may restrict which courses they will accept. With that in mind, HCS has elected to offer courses more easily transferable as general education or elective credits.

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