Unlike Running Start and AP, UWHS is a unique dual enrollment program that builds sustainable partnerships between UW academic departments and local high schools, allowing students to:
- Establish a UW transcript: Through successful participation in a UWHS course, students establish a UW transcript that is widely transferable to other institutions.
- Earn a grade over time: Students earn a grade based on achievement demonstrated throughout the semester — not through a single high stakes exam.
- Satisfy general university requirements: Many UWHS courses specifically satisfy university graduation requirements in foreign languages, writing, mathematics, and more.
- Learn in a supportive environment: Students will have the opportunity to explore their readiness for higher education in a familiar environment with the dedicated support of school faculty.
UWHS courses are taught by very qualified high school teachers who have been approved and trained by UW academic faculty. UWHS teachers are selected based on an evaluation of their professional and academic credentials. UWHS teachers follow the same curriculum, tests, and grading standards required of a regular UW course.How do students register?
Registration takes place in the classroom. To register, students must be enrolled in an approved UWHS class.Is financial aid available?
Because UWHS operates on a fee basis rather than state funding, it is currently not eligible for financial assistance. The program makes every effort to keep the cost of participation affordable for all students and families. In some cases, partnering schools have secured funds to support financial aid; students should ask their teachers to see if support is available at their school.What does current research say about concurrent enrollment programs such as UW in the High School?
“There is evidence that dual enrollment helps a wide range of students to be more successful in college. Students in these programs experience themselves as real college students and gain confidence and skills that can help them to excel academically.”
Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for Educational Advancement of all Students (June 2010)
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