Coronado Unified School District was awarded a $100,000 College and Career Access
Pathways Grant from the California Department of Education, the district announced on Aug. 29.

The grant funding will be used to expand opportunities by increasing the number of students with access to dual enrollment and to strengthen pupil advising and support services.

The dual enrollment program at Coronado High School has grown quickly with the expansion opportunities offered with the 4 x 4 schedule, according to the district. For several years, CHS only offered one course per year.

Dual enrollment courses offer students the opportunity to earn both college and high school credit for college courses completed while they are still in high school.

The grant will run from September 2023 through June 2027.

More duel enrollment courses

It expanded to two courses in 2020-2021, four in 2021-2022 and five in 2022-2023.

“We have established a targeted approach to recruiting students and have begun educating the community on the benefits and purpose of the dual enrollment program,” said CUSD Lead Counselor Kristen Ereno, who coordinates the dual enrollment program for CHS.

Ereno added that the hope is that CHS will be able to offer additional courses with the funding of this grant.

CHS offers dual enrollment courses to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students through Southwestern College classes held on the CHS campus where the courses are taught by a SWC professor.

Dual enrollment courses are weighted on the high school transcript and go towards high school graduation requirements and college admissions applications.

Additional study help

The grant will be used to embed support within the structure by adding additional study help sessions on the days the students are not going to class; where the students can work with each other and/or access a teacher to help facilitate and guide discussions.

“The teacher will also require grade checks, which will help prevent falling behind and keep both students and parents fully informed of student progress,” explained Ereno.

Submitted by Coronado Unified Spokeswoman Maria Simon.

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