The dual degree program gives home-schooled students the opportunity to take college courses while in high school

Pupils from the age of 14 begin basic secondary school courses before embarking on their first university course. Up to 30 college credits are paid through the Georgia Dual Enrollment Program, which covers high school students’ tuition, books, and fees.

According to a press release from TandemEDU, college courses can often satisfy both high school graduation requirements and associate degree requirements.

“Achieving a dual degree can save students tens of thousands of dollars in college expenses,” Torre said.

Attending classes one day a week allows students to connect with their peers while meeting high school teachers and college course facilitators. Leah Wilson, a high school junior who is pursuing an associate’s degree, acknowledged the role her teachers and facilitators played in her high GPA.

“All teachers are very responsive and want all students to succeed,” she said. “The facilitators are very helpful and really help you understand the college course you are taking.”

Although the curriculum is rigorous, Torre acknowledges that average students have passed the courses.

High school junior Emory Williams said she believes much of this success can be attributed to the community built around TandemEDU.

“I love seeing my teachers and classmates every week, and I’ve learned so much from every class I’ve taken,” Williams said. “TandemEDU was such a wonderful choice for me, and I don’t regret it.”

Since 2016, TandemEDU has partnered with Toccoa Falls College to offer classes for high school students.

The program has graduated more than 30 students since 2020. Torre said 97% of seniors are Georgia HOPE Scholars, and TandemEDU graduates have been accepted to colleges in Georgia such as the University of Georgia, the University Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University as well as schools across the nation.

Currently, TandemEDU has four locations in the Atlanta metro area, including Cumming, with plans to launch in Jasper this fall.

“TandemEDU has given my kids a great education while allowing me to enjoy the beauty of homeschooling,” said Laura Penn, who has children in the program. “Their day a week in class allows them to have fun with other students and to be taught by qualified teachers. Tandem took the worry out of teaching in high school and gave all of us more confidence and time to enjoy family life.

For more information about the TandemEDU Dual Degree Program, visit www.tandemedu.org, email [email protected], or call 770-888-1717 to register for a Spring Open House.

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