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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment (Offered Through PVHS and Rio Salado Community College)

Paradise Valley High School, in conjunction with Rio Salado Community College, makes it possible for students to earn college credit without ever leaving campus.

Our Dual teachers are certified to teach college-level courses, and our curriculum is reviewed annually. This program provides opportunities for students to take college level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree while still in high school. 

Earn College Credit

Paradise Valley High School offers a variety of dual enrollment courses which are completed on our high school campus. After the student completes the necessary criteria to enroll in the dual enrollment course, they will receive both high school credit and college credit for the same course once the student completes the course. For example, a student who takes AP Calculus AB at PVHS and completes all the necessary dual enrollment criteria will receive high school math credit and 4 college credits for MAT221 for the same course.

For more details and registration information, contact the PVHS Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Nicole Hansen [nihansen@pvschools.net or (602) 449-7015].  

Accuplacer testing is provided in the spring. Please contact the coordinator if you are interested.

Payment Information

A 3-credit class at a state university costs $2,222 plus books.

A 3-credit dual enrollment class costs $270 with no cost for books. This is a significant savings!

Payment is made to Rio Salado and is due at the time of registration.

Placement Testing

Nearly all Dual Enrollment classes with Rio Salado require either a placement test score, a high school AZMerit score of proficient, or a prerequisite course (NEWGPAs accepted for some math classes).

Credits earned at Rio Salado transfer to all three In-State Universities and many out-of-state schools. Check out the PVSchools Dual Enrollment Site or contact your counselor for more information. 

Read what some of our students say about Dual Enrollment.