Pattonville students interested in getting an early start on college while still in high school will have two additional options in the 2021-2022 school year. Both new options enable students to earn credit toward their high school diploma while also taking college classes on one of the campuses of the St. Louis Community College (STLCC). With the two new options students can do one of the following:
- Take courses to begin their college experience - Students earn both high school credit and college credit while attending classes on one of STLCC campuses during its junior and/or senior year. Students taking part will attend STLCC full-time. Courses can be used to complete an associate degree at STLCC after high school graduation or eligible courses (CORE 42 courses*) can be transferred to any public, Missouri four-year college or university.
- Earn an associate degree while in high school - Students earn both high school credit and college credit while attending classes full-time at STLCC at any of its St. Louis campuses their junior and senior year and earn an associate degree. Eligible classes (CORE 42 courses*) are also transferable to any public, Missouri four-year college or university.
Students also have existing options to earn college credit while taking Advanced Placement (AP) or dual credit classes from a high school teacher on the campus of Pattonville High School.
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*Note: The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) has identified a common set of general education courses called the CORE 42. CORE 42 courses are guaranteed to transfer to any Missouri public college or university to satisfy general education requirements. The CORE 42 offers several courses across five knowledge areas: communications (oral and written), humanities and fine arts, mathematical sciences, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.