Dual enrollment allows for Minuteman students to take college-level courses on Minuteman’s campus during the regular school day at a reduced tuition cost of $126 per credit (2022-2023 rate).
These courses allow students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit, advancing them towards their diploma and their undergraduate degree at the same time. Middlesex Community College, our dual enrollment partner, awards the undergraduate credits, and they are accepted by all state colleges and universities as well as an ever-growing number of private institutions.
In order to be eligible for enrollment in these courses, students need to meet several Minuteman-specific criteria, including teacher recommendation, a minimum 93% attendance rate, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and a final grade of at least 85% in the content area of the dual enrollment course (e.g. students interested in Physics I in their junior year need at least an 85% final grade in their sophomore science course). In addition to the above criteria, Middlesex requires that students earn a qualifying score of 480 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing portion of the PSAT or SAT.
Minuteman offers the following dual enrollment courses in the eleventh grade:
English Composition I
English Composition 1 focuses on developing students’ academic writing, close reading, and critical thinking skills. Using a writing process that includes pre-writing, drafting, instructor and peer feedback, and revision, students will produce written essays with arguable thesis statements and appropriate use of standard English. Students will produce a total of 18-24 pages of formal polished writing in three or more source-based essays.
The first in a two-semester algebra/trigonometry-based physics sequence. Emphasis is placed on understanding through problem solving. Topics include the metric system, kinematics, Newton’s laws, momentum, energy, power, rotation, buoyancy and simple harmonic motion 3 hours lecture/2 hours laboratory
Precalculus for Engineering and Science
Topics in preparation for Calculus for Science including the study of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and circles. Applications will draw from the physical and natural sciences.
In senior year, qualifying students may take:
Introduction to Psychology
This course introduces students to the scientific study of the mind and behavior and to the applications of psychological theory to life. Topics include: research methods; biopsychology; lifespan development; memory; learning; social psychology; personality; and psychological health and disorders. This course will establish a foundation for subsequent study in psychology.
Early World Literature
This course introduces students to a survey of major literary works from the classical world through the 16th century. Readings will feature various literary genres and themes, with an emphasis on gaining insights into the foundations of our contemporary global civilization. Selections vary and may include the Bible, ancient Greek drama, Buddhist and Asian philosophies, medieval literature, and major figures such as Lao Tzu, Rumi, Shakespeare and others.
Parents and students may wish to visit Middlesex Community College’s website for additional information
You may email questions to Danielle Tagg, Minuteman’s dual enrollment liaison, or call the Guidance Office at 781-861-6500, Press 5.