Through the efforts of Upper School chemistry teacher Ms. Revathi Thanikachalam, The Gregory School will offer college credit for four chemistry courses through dual enrollment with Pima Community College!
TGS students in those courses will earn college credits, transferable to any college or university, at no extra cost starting in the 2019-2020 academic year.
These chemistry classes join TGS dual-enrollment courses in U.S. History and Sexuality, Gender and Culture through Pima Community College, taught by Dr. Kerry Adams, and Engineering 102 through the University of Arizona, for which Dr. Erika Gallo obtained special training to teach. Of these, only Engineering 102 has an additional fee to receive college credit.
Why can dual enrollment be an advantage over AP courses and exams?
AP exams can be stressful, and there's uncertainty as to whether the student will score high enough on the exam to earn college credit. Students taking dual-enrollment courses have more control over their class grade since it's more holistic, factoring in assignments, exams, discussions and lab grades. Dual enrollment allows students to earn college credit if they perform well in the class.
I love teaching Chemistry at The Gregory School because of the diverse and highly-motivated students, and I get excellent support from the administration. Students are energetic, enthusiastic and cooperative in learning, especially when they do the labs. Class sizes are small, and this allows me to closely interact with students and give them a personalized learning experience. I am happy to be part of the TGS family.