Accelerated Learning Options in High School


Career and Technical Education

The Delaware Department of Education offers career and technical education courses aligned with the National Career Clusters Framework. Career Pathways are defined as three credits of planned and sequential courses, and pathway completion is a graduation requirement for high school students. 

Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit

Delaware Department of Education rules require local school districts to develop articulation agreements with public and nonpublic state institutions to offer dual enrollment programs. The articulation agreements must include eligibility requirements, how and where students may take courses, and the funding sources used to offer dual enrollment. The rules clearly stipulate that no district can deny access to dual enrollment because of a student’s or family’s inability to pay tuition. Students who complete any course in the Delaware higher education credit matrix should receive both high school and college credit. For students to participate, dual enrollment and dual credit must be included in the Student Success Plan (SSP) as required in DE Admin. Code 505.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

The state of Delaware does not provide requirements for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Rather, requirements are set by the respective program authorizers. Credits awarded are at the discretion of each postsecondary institution.

Early High School Graduation

Delaware is currently in the process of developing its first Early College High School (ECHS) at Delaware State University in alignment with the EDWorks Fast Track concept.