Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOs)

Early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) include a course and/or exam that give students a chance to obtain postsecondary credit while still in high school. Research has shown that students who participate in early postsecondary courses are more likely to enroll and persist in postsecondary environments.  Early postsecondary opportunities allow students to:

--earn postsecondary credits while in high school.

--become familiar with postsecondary rigor and expectations.

--develop confidence and skills for success in postsecondary learning.

--make informed postsecondary and career decisions.

--decrease the time and cost of completing a certificate or degree.

SHHS offers several types of EPSOs.  See the chart your counselor for more information.

SHHS

EPSOs  Early Post-Secondary Opportunities

 

AP
ADVANCED PLACEMENT

DE
DUAL ENROLLMENT

LDC
LOCAL DUAL CREDIT

SDC
STATEWIDE DUAL CREDIT

IC
INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION

DESCRIPTION

College-level high school courses and nationally recognized exams offered in multiple subjects and taught by SH instructors

Postsecondary course taught at the postsecondary institution, online, or at SH

High school course aligned to standards of a local postsecondary institution

High schoolcourse aligned to statewide postsecondary standards

Assessment by an independent certifying entity based on standards for knowledge, skills,  and competencies

STRUCTURE

Course and exam

Course

Course and exam

Course and exam

Exam

PROVIDER

The College Board

Individual TN Postsecondary Institutions

Individual TN Postsecondary Institutions

Tennessee Department of Education

Industry

STUDENT FEES

None; Exam fees paid by JCS Board of Education

Course tuition, fees, and books; DE Grant for qualifying students

Exam fees

None

Exam fees

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

AP courses meet graduation requirements and/or electives

DE courses meet graduation requirements and/or electives

LDC course fulfills the same requirements as aligned high school course

SDC course fulfills the same requirements as aligned high school course

IC is a program of study and does not meet graduation requirements

POSTSECONDARY CREDIT DETERMINANT

Score on AP exam

Successful dual enrollment course completion

Score on challenge exam at or above the established cut score

Score on challenge exam at or above the established cut score

Score on industry certification exam

POSTSECONDARY CREDIT AWARDED

Determined by postsecondary institutions

Credit awarded on the postsecondary transcript; Could be transferrable to other postsecondary institutions

Credit accepted at the partnering postsecondary institution

Credit accepted at all TN postsecondary institutions

Determined by postsecondary institutions

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