PILLAR COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DEED PROGRAM
- 课程介绍 ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
- 我们独有的教学法 OUR UNIQUE APPROACH
- 课程 COURSES
- 认证 ACCREDITATION
- 业的师资力量 TEACHERS IN PROFESSION
- 师生比例高 LOW STUDENT- TEACHER RATIO
- 节省费用 SAVINGS
- 可获得30个大学学分 EARN 30 COLLEGE CREDITS
One of the most exciting programs at Pillar is the Dual Enrollment Education Program (DEED) – our high school diploma initiative. This is a program where Chinese students, for example, who have completed the 11th grade in China, can come to Pillar, rather than a high school, and earn an advanced standing high school diploma once they have completed 30 specific college credits with a C or better. Since the diploma is based on college credits, it is more valuable than a diploma from even the most prestigious high school.
Most high schools in the United States allow Chinese students to start over as sophomores, although they may have completed the equivalent of all required high school course by the end of their junior year. This is done because of their lower English language skills. This policy causes students to lose three years of education. At the same time, they are also forced to take the same mandated English, history, health, and religion classes which are as difficult for American English speakers as they are for non-native English speaking students. Math, physical education and Science courses are not as difficult for foreign students.
At Pillar, we take a uniquely different approach. We test students to see where they stand with their English language proficiency and develop an ESL plan just for their needs. Rather than waste time and credits, we enroll them in math, science and computer literacy classes during their first semester. If they need tutoring, we provide it. We also offer extensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program, so that they can learn English faster and more effectively. During their second semester, they will take a more advanced math class such as pre-calculus, a technology class, a psychology class, and if ready, English Composition 1. The next two semesters they will take other General Education classes, English Composition 2, and courses for their future major. If students remain at Pillar for two years, they will generally earn 60 credits that can be transferred to any college or university that accepts transfer credits.
During their second semester, students will take a more advanced math class such as pre-calculus, a technology class, a psychology class, and if ready, English Composition 1. The next two semesters they will take other General Education classes, English Composition 2, and courses for their future major. If students remain at Pillar for two years, they will generally earn 60 credits that can be transferred to any college or university that accepts transfer credits
Pillar College has the same top-level regional accreditation as all major area institutions such as Rutgers, Princeton, New York University and Penn State. College credits earned at Pillar can also be transferred to accredited institutions in other parts of the country such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT. Since our class sizes are generally less than 25 students and our professors have advanced degrees and are highly-specialized in their subject area, our foreign students have a high success rate.
Every year that DEED saves a student in his or her education journey equates to a $100,000 per year saving. With mid-level private schools averaging $45,000 per year in tuition costs, the result is a $55,000 savings per year. However, that savings needs to be added to any job earnings that the student would earn rather than having to attend school and pay tuition. If that job pays only $55,000 per year, the combined savings is $100,000.
The typical Chinese international high school student is averaging three years more than normal to finish his or her bachelor’s degree. That is a $300,000-plus loss. Additionally, it will take those students three years longer to get into their profession.
• 成功获得30个大学学分后，学生将被视为“转换生”，无需通过SAT或ACT考试来转 入其他学校。
• 转换生还有更多的机会进入自己选择的大学。大学里由于退学而出现的学生空缺会 面向转换生，因此转换生申请大学的成功比例会远远高于新生申请人。
Another advantage of the Pillar program is that upon successful completion of their 30 college credits, students are considered “transfer students” and do not need SAT or ACT test scores to transfer to another institution. If they get good grades in their English Composition 1 & 2 classes, most universities wave any TOEFL score requirements. Transfer students also have a greater chance of getting into the school of their choice since the ratio of transfer applicants to available openings, due to drop outs, is far lower than those who apply as freshman. Also, college GPA does not have to be as high as high school GPA. Pillar also allows students to retake classes in order to get a higher GPA.