West Virginia
Accelerated Learning Options in High School


Competency-Based Credit

West Virginia offers county boards the opportunity to develop tests which would award course credit to students through the satisfactory completion of proficiency assessments, and without requiring seat-time in those courses.

Career and Technical Education

West Virginia has adopted the National Career Clusters Model. The state provides CTE courses aligned with 16 career clusters and consists of four courses identified for West Virginia Department of Education approved career and technical programs of study. Students may take an Advanced Career (AC) course in place of a course as listed in the applicable program of study.

The West Virginia EDGE (Earn a Degree, Graduate Early) program is an early enrollment option specifically designed to enable high school students and adult learners to earn college credit in career/technical courses toward the completion of a technical associate degree.

Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit

In West Virginia, dual enrollment courses are offered voluntarily at a high school by two- and four- year institutions which are encouraged to work collaboratively with high schools to increase educational opportunities for potential future college students. Students dually enrolled earn both high school and postsecondary credit. Tuition coverage varies from county to county; in those where the student is responsible, classes are offered at a reduced cost.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education require a common process for awarding college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Students receive credit toward the major or core curriculum for each exam score of 3 or higher. System institutions may choose to require higher proficiency if the exams relate to a course requirement within a student’s academic major.

Early College High Schools

West Virginia is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative.

Early College Admission

Early Enrollment allows public two- and four-year institutions to offer high school students college courses. Students enrolled in these courses receive postsecondary credit. High schools determine whether high school credit is offered for these courses. Students must be in grades 11 or twelve, have written approval, and meet entrance requirements set by the postsecondary institutions.