Baldwin Union Free School District has partnered with Nassau Community College to offer eligible students the opportunity to take college courses and receive college credit during their final year of high school as part of the SUNY Nassau Dual Enrollment Program. .
Thirteen students from the class of 2021 began attending college classes on September 1 at the SUNY campus in Nassau, where students are part of the community college campus and are considered full-time students. While some courses may be virtual, the program emphasizes in-person training.
“Our students will take courses that will help determine their future field of study and be able to graduate from high school and pursue higher education, not only prepared and confident, but in their second year,” said said Shari Camhi, superintendent of Baldwin schools.
Students take up to six courses per semester, including a mathematics course, a political science course, an economics course, a science course, an English course, and a physics course. ed. Classes. Courses are dual enrollment courses that align with high school graduation requirements, and credits can be transferred to any New York State University school or to any other higher education institution for which credit requirements are met.
âCommunity colleges are a vital entry point to higher education and a bridge to fulfill the dreams of so many students,â said Dr Jermaine F. Williams, President of SUNY Nassau. âIt is imperative that we respond to the needs of communities. we serve and provide equitable opportunities for students to achieve their goals both inside and outside the classroom. “
Williams said he hopes to increase class sizes for this program and partner with other Long Island high schools in the future; however, Nassau’s early officials are keen to pilot the program and gather student feedback in order to create a strong infrastructure to prepare students for success.
This is not the first partnership established by the Baldwin School District. Through its University Academies Program, it provides students with relevant educational and professional experiences with the help of partners such as Northrop Grumman, Citicorp, State Farm Insurance, Mercy Medical Center, Hofstra University, Northwell Health, National Grid and Molloy Middle School.
In 2019, the district also launched a similar pilot program with Suffolk County Community College, in which eight seniors took five classes per semester. Classes were also dual-enrollment courses that aligned with high school graduation requirements, and students simultaneously earned high school and college credits.
Baldwin High School has a 98 percent degree, with 94 percent graduating from two- and four-year colleges. Because of these numbers, US News & World Report recently ranked Baldwin Senior High School just below the 25 percent of top high schools in the state and among the top 21 percent in the country, among 18,000 high schools across the country. country.