NOVA Dual Enrollment - DE
Participation in Dual Enrollment (DE) courses allows students to meet requirements for high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credits upon successful completion of the course. DE courses taught at the high school by a credentialed LCPS teacher enable students to earn these credits through agreements with partnering colleges or universities. DE course descriptions list the number of college credits that can be earned.
DE course offerings in LCPS high schools are determined by student interest, existing course offerings, and availability of teachers possessing the endorsements required to teach the course. Not all DE courses will be available at all LCPS high schools. Students should speak with their school counselor to determine which courses are available at their high school.
If a student enrolls in a DE course, they may be required to meet certain admission criteria set forth by the partnering college or university. Students will work directly with their high school to determine what those requirements may be and how to register for that course. DE courses through Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) are available for students in 11th and 12th grades, and students must pass the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) administered by NVCC or by a substitute assessment, such as the ACT or SAT. In addition, there may be certain prerequisites required for specific courses. Some DE classes may require a tuition payment. For more information on the VPT testing click here.
The transferability of a college course to another college or university for credit is determined by the receiving institution. Normally, academic courses intended for transfer with a grade of "C" or better will transfer to four-year institutions of higher learning; however, no guarantee can be made to students regarding transferability to all colleges and universities. This information may be found on most college and university websites or by contacting the office of admissions.
Riverside High School offers the following NOVA DE courses:
NOVA Course(s) Prefix and Number
High School Course
1The Underclass Exception Form is required for10th graders taking a DE Course.
How do I take a DE Class?
- Speak with your School Counselor
- If you would like to enroll for a Dual Enrollment course(s) for the 2019-2020 school year, register here: Northern Virginia Community College. Choose create an account if you have not previously taken a DE course/applied to NVCC. You can follow these step by step directions!
- Print out the "Intent to Pursue Dual Enrollment Course(s)" form for each course and have you and your parent/guardian sign it. The forms are linked in the above table.
- Return the form to School Counseling as soon as possible but no later than May 1st. If you don't meet the qualifying DE scores listed on the "Intent to Pursue Dual Enrollment Course(s)" form, you will have to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT). All testing must be completed by June 1st. You will need to obtain a VPT Testing Center pass from the Career Center. Additionally NOVA asks that students refrain from testing from May 4 to 10th as this is NOVA's final exam period and they cannot accomodate DE students during that time.
DE Course Descriptions
English 12 DE (170001/170006)
Prerequisite: English 11 or English Language and Composition Advanced Placement
LCPS provides students the opportunity to earn college credit while fulfilling their English 12 course requirement. English 12 Dual Enrollment (DE) is a rigorous,college-level course that focuses on composition, argumentation, and critical reading skills. It is a fast-paced course that covers not only the Virginia English 12 SOL, but also two full semesters of college-level composition and reading. English 12 DE is taught by LCPS teachers who are also adjunct faculty members at participating colleges. Upon successful completion of this full-year course, students will receive 6 college credits from Northern Virginia Community College.
Biology DE/AP (6551DE/655106)
Prerequisite: Biology Research or Academic and Chemistry Research or Academic (competed or taken consecutively).
Students must attain a passing score on the Biology SOL test. LCPS provides students the opportunity to earn college credit while fulfilling the AP Biology course requirements. Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement Biology is a rigorous, college-level course that not only follows the course outline of the College Board AP program but also two full semester of college biology (also fulfills college biology laboratory course requirements). The course emphasizes cellular biology, biochemical processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis, vertebrate anatomy and physiology, advanced genetics, evolution, plant anatomy and physiology, and ecology. Biology DE/AP is taught by LCPS teachers who are also adjunct faculty members at participating colleges. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive 8 Loudoun County Public Schools 54 college credits from either Northern Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College. Students will also have the opportunity to take the AP Biology exam in May.
United States/Virginia Government DE (760001/760006)
In Dual Enrollment U.S. Government, students will develop their skills and their knowledge base to function successfully in this college level class. Requirements for Loudoun County Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College will be met by each student. The course will have university-level academic expectations, but with hard work and the support of our teachers, students will develop to meet the challenge and will earn college credit when they complete it. In this course, students expand their ability to think clearly and carefully about social and political forces that shape their lives. They continue to develop their thinking in an organized way for clear communication in all forms of writing, both formal and informal. They strengthen their independent ability to describe and make conclusions about government structures and policies. They will address and become informed about multiple issues facing our government and the processes through which it works, with the aim of becoming not only novice-scholars of democracy and republican government, but active, involved, responsible citizens. This course helps improve students ability to think critically and to examine how the people of America meet their needs for constructive political life in a diverse society.
United States History DE (750002/750007)
Prerequisite: None; students must pass entrance/skills test
In Dual Enrollment U.S. History, students will develop their skills and their knowledge base to function successfully in this college-level class. Requirements for Loudoun County Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College will have to be met by each student. The Loudoun County Public Schools 58 course will have university-level academic expectations, but with hard work and the support of our teachers, students will develop to meet the challenge and will earn college credit when they complete it. In this class, students will expand their ability to think analytically about social and historical forces that have shaped their lives. Students will address questions such as: How did a nation whose Constitution first included the 3/5 Compromise eventually come to have an African-American President in 2009? Students will compare the roles of different groups of people in different times and regions. They will come to understand history as an investigation, and will develop their abilities to express themselves in all forms of writing, both formal and informal. In Dual Enrollment U.S. History, students are expected to develop their ability to use historical evidence to make arguments and draw conclusions, and to improve their ability to think critically about the growth and development of the United States of America. Upon successful completion of this full-year course, students will receive 6 college credits.