Dual Credit & Advanced Placement

Looking to take college-level coursework with the possibility of earning college credit? High school dual credit and advanced placement courses can help you get a jump start.

Save Time and Money

Dual Credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses allow you the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit at the same time, saving you valuable time and money.

Dual Credit

What is Dual Credit?

High School Dual Credit (HSDC) courses give high school students who meet admissions standards the opportunity to enroll in public technical colleges and universities in South Dakota to simultaneously earn credits for both their high school diploma and college degree or certificate.

If a local school district offers dual credit courses and opportunities, students can choose from a number of on-campus and online classes, including general education and career and technical education courses. Ask your school representative about dual credit classes available to you.

Why Take Dual Credit?

We like to think of dual credit as a triple win for students. Not only do you earn both high school and college credit at the same time, you also save time and money in the process! Check out SDMyLife to learn more about dual credits, how to register and participating colleges.

Advanced Placement

What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level curriculum and exams offered to high school students that help them develop study skills, balance subjects and prepare them for college coursework. While some school districts offer AP courses in person, many courses are offered online through the South Dakota Center for Virtual Education. Ask your school representative about AP classes available to you.


Students taking AP courses earn high school credit with the potential of earning college credit if they elect to take the final exam and earn a qualifying score.

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