Dual-Enrollment & DEEP
The Dual Enrollment Education Partnership (DEEP) program at Clarkston Community Schools centers on collaborative partnership with the University of Michigan-Flint in which our high school students are permitted to enroll in college courses and, in most cases, earn college credit. Credits earned through dual enrollment are included on students’ college transcripts.
The DEEP program allows motivated and qualified students to earn college credit by taking accredited courses through UM-Flint on the CHS Campus. DEEP courses are taught on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule each week. Courses are taught during the regular high school academic day, providing students with time to participate in additional classes and after-school activities. DEEP courses generally follow the UM-Flint academic calendar. However, UM-Flint faculty will accommodate each high school's Spring Break.
Program Qualifications: A selection process and criteria will be developed by the school district in cooperation with UM-Flint. UM-Flint has established the following general expectations for DEEP program enrollees:
- An overall grade point average of 3.0+
- An interest in post-secondary study in the appropriate professional field
- The ability, maturity and motivation to undertake successfully the rigor and content of college-level coursework
- A favorable recommendation from the high school principal or counselor addressing the success of the applicant in a college preparatory high school curriculum, including successful completion of 3+ years of HS English with strong writing skills, and other similar characteristics
- Excellent attendance in high school courses
Cost: The DEEP program will be offered to CHS students and families at a reduced-tuition rate.
University Credit: Students who participate in this program will be dual-enrolled in their home high schools and the UM-Flint. Credit earned will be part of an official UM-Flint transcript. These credits are applicable to four-year degree programs at UM-Flint and potentially transferable to other institutions.
Students who intend to transfer these credits to another institution are advised that their intended/preferred transfer institution determines which credits will transfer. The UM-Flint courses selected for the DEEP program are considered by faculty as desirable because they will:
- Help students develop a stronger academic foundation in the profession being studied, and
- Accustom students to the rigors of college-level work.
- General Studies (12 College Credits)
- Humanities (12 College Credits)
- Liberal Arts (12 College Credits)
*Program courses are subject to change according to UM-Flint discretion.
Applications are available in the CHS Counseling office, and should be turned in to the CHS counselor at the time of schedule card collection.
For more information about the DEEP program and courses available, please visit the University of Michigan-Flint DEEP website.
Justin Fittonneville, DEEP Program Liaison
Effective April 1, 1996, Public Act 160 created the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act, commonly referred to as Dual Enrollment. This law directs school districts to assist students in paying tuition and fees for courses at Michigan public or private colleges or universities, if all of the following conditions are met:
Students are in grade 11 or grade 12.
An eligible course for dual enrollment is one that is not offered by the school district, or that is offered by the school district but is determined by the governing board not to be available to the student because of a scheduling conflict beyond the student's control.
“Not available due to a scheduling conflict” is defined as:
- A scheduling conflict that exists between two core courses,
- A scheduling conflict exists between a core and an elective course in which the student has established an ongoing academic history in the elective program and/or a post-secondary educational plan had been established in the elective area. Student would then take the elective course at CHS, and Dual Enroll for the core class.
- A scheduling conflict exists due to a student’s IEP.
The college courses cannot be an elective, hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education.
Students must be enrolled in both the school district and post-secondary institution during the local school district’s regular academic year and must be enrolled in at least one high school class all year long.
Students can qualify for dual enrollment by taking one of the following assessments and receiving a qualifying score: PSAT, ACT PLAN, ACT, or MME. Dual Enrollment is only allowed at Michigan postsecondary institutions.
School districts are required to pay the lesser of:
The actual charge for tuition, mandatory course fees, materials fees and registration fees; or the state portion of the students’ foundation allowance, adjusted to the proportion of the school year they attend the post-secondary institution.
If you believe you are eligible for dual enrollment and wish to participate, contact your building’s counseling department for more information.