What is Dual Credit?
A dual-credit course is a college-level course taken in high school. A student enrolled in dual credit can receive both high school and college credit if they earn a C or better in the course.
By taking dual credit courses in high school, students are better prepared for college work which helps to facilitate the transition between high school and college. Through dual credit courses, students receive college credit at a reduced rate, which lowers the cost of a college education and the time needed to complete a degree program.
DBCS has partnered with Colorado Christian University (CCU) to offer Dual Credit courses. Currently, dual credit is available for four math classes; College Algebra, Precalculus, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus AB. Completion of each of these year-long classes earns 3 college credit hours, with the exception of calculus, which earns 4 credit hours.
Our instructor, James L. Cass is a member of Denbigh Baptist Church, and is a full-time mathematics teacher at DBCS. He has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in addition to his teaching credential, and also serves as adjunct faculty at ODU. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from ODU for his work there. His excellent instruction has enabled many DBCS students to exempt mathematics general education requirements in college. It has also enabled many other DBCS students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Colorado Christian University is a four-year liberal arts school that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CCU's accreditation allows you to use your credit at CCU or transfer it to another college or university.
Pre-Requisite: Three years of high school mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
The overall goals of College Algebra are to acquire an understanding of the basic concepts of algebra and of functions; including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Also, the student will learn how to solve applied problems using functions.
Pre-requisite: Three years of high school mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
The overall goals of Precalculus are to acquire an understanding of the basics concepts of algebra, functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic geometry, sequences and series, and systems of equations and inequalities. The course also provides the necessary background for the study of calculus.
Pre-requisite: C or better in Algebra 2
The AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.
AP Calculus AB
Pre-requisite: B or better in PreCalculus
AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are presented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and make connections amongst these representations.
Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions.