Rural District Nurtures Dual-Enrollment Effort
Halifax County, Va., targets teachers and students to make college-level courses a hot ticket
Brittney Crews took so many dual-credit courses at rural Halifax County High in South Boston, Va., that she received an associate degree weeks before her 2011 high school graduation ceremony.
"It helps you go ahead and start your life instead of having to stay so long in school," said Ms. Crews, 19, who now attends Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Va.
Ms. Crews' situation isn't unique for Halifax County High. Nearly one-fifth of its 407 seniors earned associate degrees by the time they graduated last school year, and 91 percent finished high school with a college transcript. The approximately 1,700-student school has become a leader in dual-enrollment participation in the state for its...
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