Of the 108 seniors, 64 enrolled in the charter school’s dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment classes, allowing them to earn credits towards their college degrees before receiving their high school diplomas.
The students have earned a combined 870 college credits, with more than 780 coming through the two sets of classes, said Susan Chan, district administrator for the K-12 charter school.
One student has already earned enough credits for her associates’ degree, while two others have earned certifications as nursing assistants, Chan said.
Chan estimates that the dual and concurrent enrollment courses have saved the school’s families about $50,000.
“It gives them a chance to take difficult college classes while still in a high school environment, which is a little more nurturing,” she said.
Kingman Academy began offering the classes about two years ago, when school officials partnered with Mohave Community College to provide a summer bridge program, where students were able to attend college classes for credit.
Seeing success in its summer program, the school expanded its on campus dual enrollment offerings, allowing students to earn introductory English, U.S. History, Political Science, Spanish, Biology and Business classes.
In addition, students can leave campus and attend concurrent enrollment classes at Mohave Community College, including vocational courses such as welding, certified nursing assistant, auto mechanics and upper-level math classes such as pre-calculus and calculus.
Those courses are free to Kingman Academy’s students because the school pays the tuition. The classes are a viable option for students who may not attend a four-year college or university, but still want to train for a high-paying career, she said.
Both sets of classes also provide an opportunity for students to save money on college tuition, especially with impending increases at some of the state’s colleges and universities.
However, Chan’s biggest goal is instilling confidence in her students and spurring them on to higher education.
“My hope is by showing them they can be successful, we’ll encourage more students to continue that education,” she said.