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Strengthening Student Access and Success in Dual Enrollment in Washington, DC: Report and Recommendations

Monday, December 11, 2023

Dual Enrollment is a key component of the Bowser Administration’s vision to reimagine and strengthen the high school experience in Washington, DC. The goal of this work is that every DC student, regardless of their background or zip code, will graduate prepared for life after high school. This includes a foundational secondary school experience, broad access to advanced and specialized courses, and the opportunity to complete at least one semester of fee-free college and career experience, facilitated through District-wide access to postsecondary programs. Our reimagine high school strategies include Dual Enrollment, the Advanced Technical Center (through which students from any public high school in DC can gain work experience and take college courses towards degrees and credentials in high-demand industries), work-based learning aligned to high-demand careers, and a course hub, offering specialized courses virtually for students at participating schools. Our goal is for experiences like Dual Enrollment, which can be difficult for individual schools to provide, to be available to all DC public school students, regardless of their high school of attendance, and for these programs to supplement and enhance the high school experience.

Strengthening Student Access and Success in Dual Enrollment in Washington, DC was developed by Clara Haskell Botstein, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, and Kalecia Baity, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, with contributions from organizations and individuals across the District. For any questions or comments about the report and recommendations, email Clara Botstein at [email protected]