FAQs about Early College @ Jones and
What is the Early College @Jones campus like?
The Early College portion of Jones' campus has been renovated to be designated college campus for our partner colleges - with a learning commons, student meeting area, student bistro, collaborative spaces, and classrooms equipped with 21st Century technology.
Must I qualify for Brenau /Lanier Technical College and/or University of North Georgia to be part of Early College?
YES. Students will be part of the Brenau University, LTC and/or UNG community will all DE student rights!
As an Early College student, will I also be part of the traditional college campus?
YES! Students will have parking passes, rights to the student center, tutoring labs, media centers, clubs etc as allowed by Dual Enrollment guidelines.
Are students who participate in the DE program at Jones eligible to continue to participate in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics at their high school?
Yes, Dual Enrollment students may continue to participate in activities, clubs and athletics at their high school and students will be back by lunch to continue classes and sports practices at their home school as desired!
Do my college credits also count as high school credits?
YES! Academic courses count as high school credits as well as college credits. Academic courses count towards the high school GPA on the 5.0 scale and certification courses on the 4.5 scale. Plus, all academic credits transfer to any University of Georgia system school. Grades will be reflected on both your high school transcript and your college transcript. The grades earned will be a part of the student’s college GPA AND the student's high school GPA.
Am I given a bump on my HOPE GPA for my Dual Enrollment classes?
Dual Enrollment grades come to the HS transcript in increments of 5 (85, 95) and YES, a 0.5 bump will be then be awarded to Dual Enrollment grades just like AP classes. However, 4.0 grades will not be given a bump as 4.0 is the highest allowed for HOPE.
What are the major differences between Early College @ Jones and the traditional Dual Enrollment?
Early College is a campus of each college for reporting purposes! Students are reported as a Brenau/LTC or UNG student on the transcript. All USG Universities take all core credit by contract.
The major differences: EC students are supported with transportation, onsite Hall County support personnel, career speakers, and small class sizes. Brenau, LTC and UNG professors come to the Jones campus to teach. Students attend Jones 5 days per week even during their non-scheduled class time. This time is typically used for studying, tutoring, field trips, service learning or guest speakers. As needed, Chromebooks / laptops will be provided for our students' daily and home use during semester(s) they attend Early College. All of our college professors teach at our Jones campus but they operate according to the Hall County school calendar.
What expenses will be covered?
Standard undergraduate tuition will be paid for approved Dual Enrollment classes. In the event the funds provided to the institution by Dual Enrollment do not cover a student’s tuition for the term, the institution must waive/not charge the student any remaining tuition balance.
Institutions are required to provide textbooks at no cost to participating students.
Could there be a charge for any Dual Enrollment class?
The student could be charged a minimal fee for course related fees or supplies. This is typically materials or supplies for the student to keep. Art for instance has a $10 supply charge.
Will these classes count against my HOPE hours?
NO! The Dual Enrollment program is not HOPE funded. Therefore, the credits earned do not count against the HOPE credit hour cap following graduation from high school. YEA!
Can ANY Hall County high school student apply?
YES! Any rising 9th – 12th grade student in Hall County may apply!
Is there a residence requirement to participate in Dual Enrollment?
There is no residence requirement to participate in the Dual Enrollment program. Students must be part of a high school in our Hall County system, however.
What if I have work based learning or mentorship?
The EC coordinator and these students will work schedules and driving out on a student by student basis. Early College is still available for these students.
What about eating LUNCH?
Most students will be on their home campus for lunch; however, hot and cold meals tied to the student ID cards will be available.
What responsibilities do Dual Enrollment students have?
Dual Enrollment students are responsible for their academic success. This includes, but is not limited to, attending and being on time for class, participating in class discussions and submitting assignments on time. Dual Enrollment students should plan on spending a minimum average of 2 + hours outside of class each week for every course.
Are students participating in the Dual Enrollment program eligible to enroll in online courses or transient courses?
Yes, Dual Enrolled student may enroll in courses offered online or approved as transient provided the course appears on the approved course list. Students should be advised to carefully consider (1) whether an online course is a good fit before enrolling in the course and (2) to pursue a course load that is manageable.
NOTE: Neither the Hall County School District nor the Early College representatives are liable for information regarding college credit acceptances to all post-secondary institutions. Each college/university major prescribes a specific program of coursework that Dual Enrolled courses may or may not meet. It is the responsibility of the scholar to check specific college entrance requirements and transfer-ability of coursework.
Georgia Student Finance Commission: Dual enrollment Comparison Chart AND the DE document